Area Hedge Fund Manager Secures Eventual Knighthood

Pippa Middleton settles for an asset manager.
By Magnus D (Flickr: The royal family on the balcony) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Magnus D (Flickr: The royal family on the balcony) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Generally, if a low-born British hedge fund manager wants a place in the peerage, he has to build a wing on a museum, start a charity sponsored by a royal or give a bunch of money to the Conservative Party. You know, just like everyone else. James Matthews has stumbled upon a different route: Becoming the future Queen of England’s brother-in-law.

Ms. Middleton, 33, who grabbed headlines at the 2011 wedding of her sister Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, dazzled at her own nuptials in a custom-made gown designed by Giles Deacon.

The bride wed James Matthews, 41, a wealthy financier and former racecar driver, at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield.

In addition to not having to call Kate “her royal highness” at dinner anymore, James can look forward to life as the Baron of Buckleberry or Earl of Eden Roc, both major upgrades from the courtesy title “Laird of Glen Affric” he’ll inherit when his father dies. And if King Wills proves unwilling, he can always point out to his nephew, King George VII, that he put him in his bridal party, good enough at least for a spot in the Order of the Garter, don't you think?

The wedding party included Ms. Middleton’s nephew, Prince George, 3, who served as a pageboy, and her niece, Princess Charlotte, 2, a bridesmaid.

Pippa Middleton Marries James Matthews in England [NYT]