Prince Philip and Pippa Middleton at the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011.
|Born||Philippa Charlotte Middleton
6 September 1983
Reading, Berkshire, England
|Education||University of Edinburgh|
Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton (born 6 September 1983) is an English socialite. The younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, she appeared as the maid of honour at her sister's wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Middleton has also received much media attention for her fashion sense and personal relationships.
Early life 
Middleton was born on 6 September 1983. She is the second of three children born to Michael Middleton, who was a former British Airways flight dispatcher, and Carole Middleton (née Goldsmith), a former flight attendant. Her father's family came from Leeds, now in West Yorkshire, and her paternal great-grandmother, Olive Lupton, belonged to a business family which had been active in Leeds for many generations. Royal genealogist and chairman of Burke's Peerage William Bortick has acknowledged an aristocratic branch on Michael Middleton's family tree courtesy of his grandmother Olive Middleton (nee Lupton) and her 2nd cousin Lady Bullock (nee Barbara Lupton)
In the mid-1980s, when her two eldest children were at a nursery school and the family was living at Bradfield Southend, Carole Middleton set up Party Pieces, a company that began by making party bags and went on to sell party supplies and decorations by mail order. By 1995 the firm, run by both parents, was so successful that it moved into a range of farm buildings at Ashampstead Common, and since then the Middleton parents are reported to have become millionaires. While at Bradfield Southend, Middleton and her sister were members of the local St Andrew's Brownie pack.
In 1995, the family relocated to Bucklebury, Berkshire. Like her sister, Middleton was first educated at St Andrew's School, Pangbourne and Downe House School, a girls' day and boarding school in Cold Ash. She attended Marlborough College on a sports/all-rounder scholarship. Middleton then graduated from University of Edinburgh with an English literature degree, where she shared a house with Lord Edward Innes-Ker, a son of the Duke of Roxburghe, and with Earl Percy, heir apparent of the Duke of Northumberland.
Following graduation, in 2008 Middleton briefly worked at a public relations firm promoting luxury products, then she took on an events management job with Table Talk, a company based in London that organises corporate events and parties. Also in 2008, Tatler magazine named Middleton "the Number 1 Society Singleton", ahead of singer-songwriter James Blunt and Princess Eugenie of York, although in the same Tatler article she was described as someone who "goes to a lot of parties, but mainly as the caterer." Since then, she has often been described as a socialite. As part of a duo with her older sister, Middleton has received wide press coverage, focusing on her social life and her lifestyle. In April 2012, Time magazine listed Pippa as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Penguin Books paid Middleton a £400,000 advance for a book on party planning. The book, entitled Celebrate, was published in autumn 2012, and had lower than anticipated sales as many reviewers mocked it for the obviousness of its content. Middleton said that she was not using a ghost writer. In March 2013 Middleton parted from her literary agent.
Royal wedding 
The official announcement of her sister's engagement came on 16 November 2010. Middleton served as the maid of honour. At the wedding, Middleton's white figure-hugging dress, which, like the bride's, was created by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, was highly praised in the media. Made of ivory crape fabric, it was styled with a cowl at the front and organza-covered buttons at the back. Copies of the dress were soon available in the high street where there was a great demand for them.
Middleton's ancestors most probably include Sir Thomas Fairfax (1475–1520). Proven ancestors include the Rev. Thomas Davis, a Church of England hymn-writer, whose grand-daughter Olive Christiana Lupton was the paternal grandmother of Michael Middleton. Her maternal great-great-grandfather John Goldsmith was married to Esther Jones at St John's Hoxton in 1850.
- "Pippa Middleton biography". Biography.com.
- "Pippa Middleton". People.
- "Pippa Middleton's Birthday: A Look Back At A Year Of Style (PHOTOS)". Huffington Post. September 6, 2011.
- Joseph, Claudia (21 November 2010). "The intriguing story of the woman who gave Kate her looks – and family wealth". Daily Mail. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- Lundy, Darryl. "Philippa Charlotte Middleton". The Peerage. p. 19582. Retrieved January 2011.[unreliable source]
- "Ancestry of Kate Middleton". wargs.com. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- Until 1974 in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
- Nikkhah, Roya. "Sunday Telegraph". Sunday Telegraph Dec 16, 2012 Page 9. Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved Feb 22 2013.
- Nikkhah, Roya (16th Dec 2012). "So, Kate's a blue blood after all". Sunday Telegraph.
- Claudia Joseph, Revealed: secrets of the Middletons' money in Daily Mail (22 March 2009)
- Christopher Wilson, Kate, the coal miner's girl in Daily Mail (22 December 2006), accessed 4 January 2011.
- Party Pieces Princess in News of the World dated 21 November 2010, p. 4.
- About us at partypieces.co.uk, accessed 19 February 2011.
- Generation why-should-I? on The Scotsman dated 11 June 2008, accessed 4 January 2011.
- Claudia Joseph, When Kate was an Elf - and Pippa an Imp dated 22 January 2012 from dailymail.co.uk/femail, accessed 29 April 2012
- Profiles: Kate Middleton in Hello! dated August 2001.
- Nick Curtis, Everything you never knew about Pippa Middleton in the London Evening Standard dated 10 May 2011 at thisislondon.co.uk, accessed 10 May 2011.
- Anna Pukas (20 November 2010). "Kate Middleton's eligible little sister". Daily Express. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- Welcome to the Firm at channel4.com, accessed 4 January 2011.
- Ashley Peskoe, Pippa Middleton: 5 Things You Need to Know at abcnews.go.com, accessed 17 February 2011.
- Kate Middleton's Sister, Pippa: a socialite butterfly at royalweddings.org.uk, accessed 16 April 2011.
- Katie Nicholl, First Kate, now sister Pippa splits from heir in Daily Mail (21 April 2007).
- Katie Nicholl, A Churchill snaps up the other Miss Middleton (26 September 2009) Daily Mail.
- Robin Levinson, Pippa Middleton in gun photo controversy one day... Time Magazine's 100 most influential people the next in National Post (18 April 2012).
- Tim Walker, Wedding is good business for Pippa Middleton Daily Telegraph (17 November 2010), accessed 17 February 2011.
- Russell Myers & Amanda Perthen, She was paid £400k for her book of party advice, now Pippa gives wedding tips to her best friend - for free dated 28 April 2012 from The Daily Mail online at dailymail.co.uk, accessed 29 April 2012
- "Royal wedding: Kate Middleton coat of arms unveiled". BBC News. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- Bates, Stephen (19 April 2011). "Kate Middleton family gets coat of arms". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 19 April 2011.
- Gregory Katz, Tamara Baluja, Royal wedding update: Prince Harry to be best man, Kate's sister Pippa is maid of honour[dead link] at Yahoo Canada (The Associated Press, The Canadian Press) (14 February 2011).
-  Debenhams produce £170 copy of Pippa Middletons bridesmaid dress
-  pippa middleton bridesmaid dress replicas hit debenhams
- Anita Singh (29 April 2011), "Pippa Middleton shines as maid of honour", Daily Telegraph (London)
- Who Is Pippa Middleton? at news.com.au.
- Olivia Bergin (4 August 2011), "Debenhams produce £170 copy of Pippa Middleton's bridesmaid dress", The Daily Telegraph
- Lundy, Darryl. "Reverend Thomas Davis". The Peerage. Retrieved March 2011.[unreliable source]
- Lundy, Darryl. "Olive Christiana Lupton". The Peerage. Retrieved March 2011.[unreliable source]
- William and Kate at imdb.com, accessed 19 February 2011.
- Magrath, Andrea (21 February 2011). "First Look: The actors portraying William and Kate in TV movie in character as the royal couple... but doesn't he look more like Harry?". The Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 9 May 2011.