Since her first foray into the spotlight in a scene-stealing gown as maid of honour at the Royal wedding, Pippa Middleton has achieved fans and fame in her own right. She recently celebrated her 31st birthday and is said to be planning Harry’s 30th birthday extravaganza with sister Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge (a job she might have to take on a little more since the announcement of the second royal pregnancy).
Here are 10 little-known facts about Pippa Middleton:
1. As her parents own a party planning company, it’s perhaps not surprising that Pippa took over planning for the royal wedding reception. Some of the details of this party are perhaps not what you’d expect to see in Buckingham Palace – the throne room was decorated with disco balls and vans serving ice cream and bacon buttes were stationed in the courtyard.
2. Pippa was named “No.1 Society Singleton” by Tatler magazine in 2008, beating Princess Eugenie who came in at number 10. Time Magazine also named her as one of their 100 Most Influential People of 2012.
3. She’s tougher than she looks – Pippa has run several marathons and triathlons, climbed Mont Blanc, cycled 3,000 miles across the USA and swam 4 miles from Asia to Europe in a swimming race organised by the Turkish Olympic Committee.
4. She has her very own coat of arms, granted to her family due to her sister’s marriage into royalty. The emblem consists of 3 acorns, symbolic of the three Middleton siblings, a gold chevron and white chevronels, giving a nod to the family’s love of the Lake District and a tied blue ribbon indicating an unmarried daughter. Kate also used this coat of arms before her wedding and it was combined with Prince Williams after the ceremony to create an “impaled Coat of Arms.” The design of the Middleton family Coat of Arms cost over £4,000.
5. After watching Pippa Middleton during her sister’s wedding, Steven Hirsch, founder of Vivid Entertainment offered her $5 million to appear in a porn film, stating that she “could be an enormously successful adult star.”
6. Pippa is apparently a huge fan of sushi and used to get her university flatmates (including a Lord and heir to the Dukedom of Northumberland) to prepare it for her in front of the TV.
7. Laura Hadland, a Cambridge-based artist, created a portrait of Pippa in 2011. The unusual thing about it was that the piece was constructed entirely out of crumpets, jam and marmite. The finished artwork used 15,000 crumpets and more than 100 jars of spreads and weighed over a ton. This bizarre creation came about after Pippa topped a Beefeater survey asking people which female celebrity they’d most like to wake up to breakfast with.
8. She’s a published author – Pippa wrote the party-planning book, “Celebrate”, that was published in 2012. However, it received some scathing reviews due to the obvious nature of much of the content and spawned a spoof twitter account – @pippatips.
9. A year after Prince George’s birth, Pippa was named “Aunty of the Year 2014” by the British public, citing her love of style and cooking and baking skills as reasons that she deserved the title. Will she get the accolade for a second time next year after the recent twitter announcement of Kate’s pregnancy?
10. Pippa has joked that her Alexander McQueen bridesmaid gown fitted a little too well after the attention she received following the wedding. Her bottom may be key to her fame but French etiquette and royal expert, Stephane Bern, recently accused her of wearing a “false bottom” to enhance her buttocks for the occasion