In his column in Thursday's Daily Mail, Richard Kay writes that Kate Middleton is "wrestling over how many bridesmaids she should have." He says that Kate's sister, Pippa, 26, will be the chief bridesmaid, and she will become "one of the oldest women to land the role for a royal wedding."
Kay notes that Kate is in a "quandary over who else to pick." She is said to be "torn between following the example of the Queen, who had eight bridesmaids," or the Countess of Wessex, who had "just two."
[Note to Kay: Princess Anne had one bridesmaid, 9-year-old Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones.]
Kate apparently planned to make her decision in December, when she got to meet several of the eligible children at the Queen's annual Christmas lunch for the royal family. She was going to announce her choices this month, but as since told courtiers that she needs three more weeks. (Inquiring minds want to know: is she having auditions?)
Among the little girls said to be in the running (according to Kay) are: Lady Louise Windsor, 7, daughter of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones, 8, daughter of Lord and Lady Linley, Eloise Taylor, 7, the daughter of Lady Helen Windsor, and William's goddaughter, Grace van Cutsem.
Grace's uncle, Edward van Cutsem, was a page of the wedding of William's parents in 1981.
Lady Louise is William's first cousin. Margarita is William's second cousin. Eloise Taylor and Prince William are third cousins.