Nicky Hilton will tie the knot with billionaire boyfriend James Rothschild at Kensington Palace, the “official” home of Prince William and Princess Kate, Us Weekly is reporting.
William and Kate (and the royal babies) won’t be at Nicky’s wedding for a couple of reasons. For one thing, they don’t actually live at Kensington Palace (they’re staying at another British royal palace: Anmer Hall), and for another, they don’t appear to have been invited.
Nicky and James’ wedding will take place in a Kensington Palace outbuilding known as The Orangery, which was built in 1704 to house Queen Anne’s beloved orange trees. It’s actually a popular — and expensive — site for weddings in the U.K. If you’re interested in your own Kensington Palace wedding (well, a wedding at a Kensington Palace outbuilding, that is — the royal residence proper is off-limits), you can get a package deal complete with food, wine, and officiant, for the low low price of £6,100 (about $9,300 at current exchange rates) — pocket change for a hotel heiress and a banking heir.
That’s not to say that Nicky and James’ wedding won’t be an expensive affair — in March, according to Brides Magazine, Ms. Hilton was at Fashion Week in Paris, talking to top-tier fashion designers about who would get the job of designing her wedding gown.
It looks like princesses and fairy tales are Nicky’s wedding theme, which may have played a part in their decision to book a royal palace for their big day. Last week, Nicky threw a princess-themed bridal shower at a tony L.A. country club, and posted about it on social media.
Nicky Hilton and James Rothschild met at a wedding — mutual friends Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt’s in 2011 — and have been dating since then. The banking billionaire popped the question last summer at Italy’s destination for the rich & famous, Lake Como.
One person who won’t be at Kensington Palace for Nicky & James’ wedding will be Nicky and Paris’ younger brother, Conrad. The naughty millionaire playboy has had several brushes with the law — currently, he’s on house arrest for threatening flight attendants during a famous in-flight meltdown.
Nicky Hilton’s Kensington Palace wedding will take place July 10.
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