- Category : Socialite
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Small (20,31)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 3
Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton (born 6 September 1983) is a British 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.
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)
Carole Middleton's family are from London. Her ancestors worked as labourers and miners in County Durham.
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.
Middleton currently works two days a week for her parents' company Party Pieces, editing the web magazine Party Times.
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.
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.
In William & Kate, a television movie released on 18 April 2011 about her sister's romance, the part of Pippa Middleton was played by Mary Elise Hayden.