Pippa Middleton steps out solo to attend memorial service
Published 13/03/2014 | 13:36
The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge represented the Middleton family at the sombre occasion at Westminster Abbey today, attending with two friends.
She opted for a demure, dark ensemble as she attended without boyfriend Nico Jackson and BFF sister Kate Middleton along with 2,000 other mourners of the late journalist, comedian and media personality in London earlier today.
Other royal guests invited to the memorial service included the Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York and his daughter Princess Beatrice.
Charles was joined by Sir David's widow, Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, to lay flowers on a memorial stone dedicated to the broadcaster who died last August aged 74.
The service reflected the thread of humour and satire which ran through his career with a comic tribute from Lumley called A Sonnet Of Sorts For A Star, which she co-wrote with musician Sir Richard Stilgoe.
It began: "Shall I compare thee to Sir Robin Day? Thou wert more lovely and more temperate. Earth has not anything to show more fair, Hello, good evening, welcome, Frosty's there."
The humorous tribute included the lines: " No more TV-am, no Al Jazeera - We end not a career, but end an era; For now he's gone, ascended into orbit, And 'I look up to him' (quoth Ronnie Corbett)." It concluded with the line: " When Frost has gone, can spring be far behind?"
Known for his incisive interviews - above all, with disgraced US president Richard Nixon - Sir David spent more than 50 years as a television star.
His award-winning interview style was considered non-aggressive, affable and effusive - but he had a talent for extracting intriguing information and revealing reactions from his subjects.