Wednesday 29 March 2017

Happy Birthday Pippa Middleton: Her 10 most talked about moments

Pippa Middleton launches her new creative entertaining book 'Celebrate' at an afternoon children's party held at Daunt Books, Fulham Road
Pippa Middleton launches her new creative entertaining book 'Celebrate' at an afternoon children's party held at Daunt Books, Fulham Road
Party planner Pippa Middleton promotes the Dutch edition of her book "Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends"
Kate Middleton with the father Michael Middleton and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrive to attend her Royal Wedding to Prince William.
Pippa Middleton at the 2011 royal wedding
Harry and Kate Middleton's sister Pippa at the Royal Wedding in 2011
Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding in 2011
Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge goes for a run outside her London home a day after she announced her engagement to financier James Matthews. Picture: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Prince Harry and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey following the wedding ceremony of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on April 29, 2011
Pippa Middleton's its the water in a red bikini on holiday in St Bart's. Picture: Splash News
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

As Pippa Middleton celebrates her 33rd birthday today, we look back at some of the moments that made her a star.

1. The Royal Wedding


On April 29,, 2011, Pippa Middleton's life changed forever. While bridesmaid at her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William, the maid of the honour became an overnight sensation thanks to a particularly flattering Alexander McQueen dress. In fact, her bum looked so good that she was accused of having implants in 2014, a claim which she strenuously denied. She later said it was difficult to be "publicly bullied" after being thrust into the spotlight following the nuptials.

2. Her Engagement


In July, Pippa announced her engagement to boyfriend of nine months James Matthews. The couple briefly dated in 2012 and James was said to have been so keen to make Pippa his wife, he waited for her until she was ready - then wasted no time in making it official. Not to mention her art deco diamond ring worth an estimated €300,000.

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3. Her Split with Nico Jackson


Before finding her husband-to-be, the Duchess' younger sister was dating stockbroker Nico Jackson for three years. The couple blamed the distance for the reason behind their break-up as he moved to Switzerland for work in 2014. In 2015, they called it quits for good.

4. Her Earnings

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One thing is for certain, it pays to be Pippa Middleton - it was revealed that her company PXM Enterprises has assets of more than €300,000. Although her earnings are down in the last 12 months, recent accounts seen by the Daily Mail show she made nearly €60,000 in 2015 after making nearly €140,000 in 2014.

5. Her Rollercoaster Career


Speaking of earnings, Pippa's career has been famously inconsistent with her everything from a party-planning book to a Waitrose column and a role as contributing editor with Vanity Fair. Her debut book Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends was widely panned by critics, with gems such as, "You can cut up your chicken into portions consisting of the drumstick, thigh, breast and wing." As for VF, her most recent piece was in 2015 - a "Marvelously British Guide to Croquet".

6. Her Style

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Much like her big sister, Pippa's pieces often sell out after she's pictured wearing something - most notably, her Wimbledon attire and bold red carpet choices.

7. Her Fitness Regime


When bikini photos of her in St Barths were published last August, the question on everyone's lips was: "What is she doing that I'm not?" But her dedication to fitness isn't for the faint-hearted - she's reportedly studying a course in nutritional therapy, swears by green juices and famously works out every day to train for marathons and ski competitions.

8. Her Today Show Controversy


After an ill-received segment for The Today Show in 2014 (where she went dancing with cowboys in Wyoming), she pulled out of the deal worth an estimated €500,000. The proposed roving reporter role was also said to have upset members of the royal family and she hasn't appeared on television - in any country - since.

9. Her Relationship with Prince Harry


They're the couple everyone wished would happen already, but long-standing rumours of a relationship between Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry were denied and taken very seriously. Harry made a formal complain to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) last December after the Daily Star repeated claims made in a US magazine which said he and Pippa “snogged” and “hooked up” in a bathroom at the Royal wedding in 2011. The press watchdog upheld the complaint.

10.  Her Life in the Limelight

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It was reported that Pippa was discreetly told to avoid making such a splash everywhere she went and adopt more of a low profile in keeping with the royal family's standards. In 2013, she was regularly rubbing shoulders with A-listers at exclusive events, but has notably cut back on the number of public appearances she's made in recent years. "Pippa has been asked to tone it down," an insider said at the time.

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