Introducing, Lady Glen Affric!
Pippa Middleton has received her official royal title just days after she tied the knot with James Matthews in a lavish society wedding. So, how exactly did Pippa inherit this special noble name, you ask? Let’s break it down!
James’ parents, David and Jane Matthews, are the Laird and Lady of Glen Affric, respectively. Because James, 41, is the heir to his father’s title, his new wife, Pippa, 33, is now the rightful heir to her mother-in-law’s title, too.
Pippa and James at their May 20 wedding. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Glen Affric refers to the Matthews family’s 10,000-acre estate located in the southwest village of Cannich in the Scottish Highlands. David and Jane purchased the property — which includes a castle and is positioned 15 miles from the city of Loch Ness! — in 2008.
In case you’re wondering how Pippa’s new in-laws could afford to buy a castle, here’s this little fact — James himself has an estimated net worth of $2.6 billion. So, the Matthews clan is swimming in some serious cash!
Until James inherits the Laird of Glen Affric title from his father, the financier and his wife, Pippa, can use Mr. and Mrs. Matthews of Glen Affric as their curtesy titles. Cool, right?
Unfortunately, James and Pippa likely won’t have much use for their fancy new titles. According to People, James’ father, David, hardly uses his noble name today. And, David’s use of Laird isn’t really traditional — because he bought the Glen Affric Estate for commercial use (it’s a rental property!) his title is ceremonial, not familial.
Though Pippa isn’t a royal, it’s still super impressive that she now has her own title like her older sister, Kate Middleton! When Kate, 34, tied the knot with Prince William in 2011, she became Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Her full royal title is Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn and Lady Carrickfergus, but Kate most commonly goes by The Duchess of Cambridge.