London, Apr 30: Royal bride Catherine Middleton's sister Phillipa alias Pippa stole the show athe gorgeous Royal Wedding on Friday at Westminster Abbey, reports Daily Mail.
The day, the report said, might have belonged to the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but the supporting cast were almost as gripping, and none of them more so than the members of what is fast becoming Britain's most famous and fascinating family.
Middleton-watchers were amply rewarded with a spectacle of nerves, tans, dignity, surprising outfits and sex appeal (yes, that refers to you, Miss Philippa Middleton!).
Indeed, you could even say that the Westminster Abbey Show felt just as much Bucklebury (the Berkshire village where the Middletons live) as it did Buckingham Palace — despite all the trumpeters and foreign dignitaries.
For that we can thank the lively nature of that close-knit, party-loving Home Counties family.
Even the trees lining the Abbey aisle seemed to be a reminder of the oak-lined avenue that leads through Bucklebury to the Middleton manse. They served like lights on a runway to guide the Middletons to take-off as the family became linked for ever to the British monarchy.
Only Earl Spencer in a front row abbey seat and looking like an overgrown member of the Bullingdon Club could offer advice from personal experience of how bumpy a journey that can sometimes be.
But the Middletons out in force, it has to be said, just make everything look like enormous fun.
For royalists, Disney fans, romantics and young girls, the bride who became a Princess before our very eyes and her smart groom were the only hero and heroine.
But right on their tail in terms of youth, glamour and audience excitement was the new Duchess's fabulously foxy younger sister Philippa, otherwise known as Pippa.
Certainly, among many a red-blooded male, and on social networking site Twitter, Pippa was, plainly ‘It'.
Within minutes of her arrival, the younger Miss Middleton had nearly crashed the Twitter site as thousands of wedding watchers tweeted in enthusiastic praise of Her Royal Hotness.
The 27-year-old party planner was notably darker than her sister and looking all the more so because, very unusually for a bridesmaid, she was also wearing white.
‘She was mahogany in colour,' said one guest, ‘but absolutely gorgeous. She looked amazing.'
Her slinky frock, like her sister's, by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, was made of ‘heavy, ivory, satin crepe' and sported the same embroidery and buttons as her sister's dress, but had youthful cupped sleeves, a surprisingly low cowl-neck — for an abbey — and a resulting suggestion of cleavage.
Many women would have been quite happy to wear Pippa's dress themselves as a wedding dress. One wit remarked: ‘It would have looked particularly good for a beach ceremony for a wedding somewhere like Ibiza.'