Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton Biography.com

(1983–)
Pippa Middleton is best known as the younger sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Synopsis

Born on September 6, 1983, in Reading, Berkshire, England, Pippa Middleton is a socialite and the sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Often spotted out shopping with her sister, or partying with the same group of people at London nightclubs, Pippa's good looks and sense of style have earned her both fans and critics. 

Early Life

Born Philippa Charlotte Middleton in Reading, Berkshire, England, on September 6, 1983, Pippa Middleton is the second of three children of Carole and Michael Middleton. Pippa's older sister, Kate, was born in 1982 and is the Duchess of Cambridge through her marriage to Prince William. Her younger brother James, born in 1987, is a businessman.

Pippa's parents met working for British Airways—Carole was a flight attendant, and Michael was first a flight attendant, then a flight dispatcher. In 1984, the couple moved to Amman, Jordan, where they were based briefly.

In 1987, the Middleton family was back in England, living at Bradfield Southend in the county of Berkshire. Carole Middleton started a company called Party Pieces, selling decorations and accessories for children's parties. Pippa and her siblings got their first taste of the spotlight modeling for Party Pieces catalogs. Party Pieces went on to become a successful business, and the once upper middle class Middleton family is reportedly worth more than $50 million.

Like her older sister, Pippa attended Britain's elite schools, first at St Andrew's School in Pangbourne, then Downe House, a girls' boarding school, and then Marlborough College at Wiltshire. She was known as an organized and attentive student, and the more outgoing of the Middleton sisters. Though they were reportedly bullied at times, Pippa was popular with her fellow students.

Pippa studied English literature at the University of Edinburgh, where she mixed with the children of the dukes and earls—her group of friends was known as the "castle crew." She dated George Percy, the son of the Duke of Northumberland. Percy's family castle was used as Hogwarts castle in the Harry Potter films. 

Rise to Fame

After graduating in 2008, Pippa worked at a public relations firm, then as an event planner in London. She was often spotted out at London's poshest nightclubs, and on the arm of handsome young aristocrats.

It was Pippa's sister, Kate, who changed the family's fortunes for good. As a freshman at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Kate befriended, and began dating, a young Prince William.

As Britons paid close attention to the future king's romance, Pippa became a familiar face. Often spotted out shopping with her sister, or partying with the same group of people at London nightclubs, Pippa's good looks and sense of style earned her many fans, as well as critics. Dubbed the "wisteria sisters," Kate and Pippa were criticized for what some perceived as social climbing. Seen out and about frequently, Pippa became a paparazzi favorite.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29:  Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Sister of the bride and Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton arrives to attend the Royal Wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne is to be led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and will be attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Royal Wedding

The much-awaited November 2010 announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton caused a national frenzy in Britain. Always close to her sister, Pippa reportedly helped Kate plan many of the details of the royal wedding and the reception.

When the much-anticipated wedding took place at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, many eyes were on the bride's younger sister—and Pippa, as the maid of honor, didn't disappoint. Dressed in a slinky white dress by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, Pippa held her sister's train and chatted with Prince Harry during the televised ceremony. Her beau, stockbroker and former cricketer Alex Loudon, sat beside her in the front row at the ceremony. The rave reviews of Pippa's dress—and her figure—rivaled the enthusiasm for the bride's gown.

Pippa Middleton Photo

Pippa Middleton attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage via Getty Images)

Personal Life

Middleton has been romantically linked to George Percy, the son of the Duke of Northumberland, and JJ Jardine Paterson, the son of a banking family. She dated hedge fund manager James Matthews in 2012. After their split, she dated banker Nico Jackson from 2013 to 2015. When Middleton and Jackson ended their relationship, she and Matthews began dating again. On July 17, 2016, Middleton and Matthews announced their engagement and plans to marry in 2017. James is the son of Scottish nobleman David Matthews, the Laird of Glen Affric. When the couple tie the knot, Middleton will acquire the title "Lady Glen Affric." 

Fact Check

We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us!