A Spitfire will be one of the more stand-out guests at Pipa Middleton’s wedding. File picture: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
London – For some celebrations, fireworks are just not spectacular enough.

So Pippa Middleton, sister-in-law to the heir to the British throne, Prince William, is staging her own air show to mark her wedding today.

She and her family thought fireworks "rather passé", according to sources.

Instead Pippa and her fiance, multimillionaire hedge fund boss James Matthews, have booked a display of vintage aircraft, with a flypast by a wartime Spitfire as the centrepiece.

It is believed Pippa’s air show may also include a Hurricane.

The display will add to the grandeur of the event, which has seen a £100000 (R1.7million), 45m-long glass conservatory-style marquee put up in the garden of the Middletons’ home.

The family has also ordered £6000's worth of top-of-the-range portable toilets for the 350 guests at the lavish reception after the wedding ceremony at St Mark’s Church in Englefield.

According to Paul Campbell, project manager at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, which has 14 original wartime Spitfires, flypasts at weddings are becoming increasingly popular.

A single aircraft costs up to £2500 plus VAT to hire.

Campbell said: "The Spitfire is a very special aircraft and brides will often surprise their husband with a flypast on the day."

It is believed the unnamed company putting on today's display has issued a Notam (Notice to Airmen) through local aviation authorities.

This alerts commercial and private aircraft pilots of potential hazards in the skies over Bucklebury. It is not believed anyone has applied for a full no-fly zone, as Kensington Palace did when William and Kate came to stay at the house after Prince George was born.

Daily Mail