Pippa Middleton: Snapshot

Pippa Middleton
Date of Birth
September 06, 1983
Birth Place
Berkshire, England
Kate Middleton was the epitome of a modern princess bride, but it was the young woman carrying her train – kid sister Pippa Middleton – who captivated the public's imagination at the royal wedding.

The middle child of self-made millionaires Michael and Carole Middleton, Pippa followed Kate's footsteps to Scotland, where she attended college and took part in her older sister's royally connected social circle. But the young PR executive eventually struck out on her own, making a splash on the London social scene and, in 2008, earning the title of "Number 1 Society Singleton" from British society magazine Tatler.

Three years later, her figure-flattering Alexander McQueen maid of honor dress made her an international figure in every sense of the word, elevating the British party planner's status as a society figure and burgeoning style-setter.

Pippa Middleton: Five Fun Facts

  1. Now that sister Kate is married, Pippa Middleton has exclusive use of a special version of the family's coat of arms that's for single Middleton women only.
  2. Pippa Middleton's derriere was named PEOPLE's Top Body Moment of 2011. The socialite's backside, which became a focal point at her sister's royal wedding, also inspired multiple Facebook fan pages and its own Twitter feed.
  3. Pippa Middleton's closest friends have been dubbed "The Pipparettes" by the UK press because of their fierce loyalty to her.
  4. In July 2011, Cambridge artist Laura Hadland created a 42-by-66-foot portrait of Pippa Middleton using crumpets and jam. The piece took 24 hours to complete and weighed approximately one ton.
  5. Pippa Middleton finished 12th out of 150 women in the 2011 Highland Cross, a 50-mile endurance race across Scotland. "It was one of the toughest things I have done," she told reporters.

Pippa Middleton: Biography


Pippa Middleton

September 06

The Middle Child

Michael and Carole Middleton welcome their second daughter, Philippa Charlotte Middleton, whom they simply call Pippa. Through their mail-order party company, Party Pieces, the Middletons become self-made millionaires and move the family (which now includes brother James) to the genteel village of Bucklebury, England.


Pippa Middleton

Scotland Bound

While Kate goes public with her relationship with Prince William at St. Andrews, Pippa heads to Edinburgh University, where she spends much of her time with high-society peers. She rooms with the sons of the Duke of Roxburghe and the Duke of Northumberland, and becomes romantically involved with Hong Kong banking heir Jonathan "JJ" Jardine Paterson. In 2007, "Perfect Pippa" (as she is called by pals) graduates with a degree in literature.


Pippa Middleton

Most Eligible

A single and ambitious Pippa strikes out on her own in London, first working as a publicist and later landing a job at event planning company Table Talk. Though the press hounds Kate, UK high society magazine Tatler takes notice of the younger Middleton, naming her "Top Society Singleton" of 2008. "Pippa has a reputation as being the really fun one, slightly louder and more outgoing than Kate," says former Tatler editor Catherine Ostler. "Possibly slightly naughtier."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Steve Finn/Splash News Online

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): The Middleton Family/AP; GEtty; Steve Finn/Splash News Online

Edited by Julia Wang

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