Pippa Middleton: Top 5 Facts

Kate Middleton is the Royal Bride, but Did Sister Pippa Steal the Show?

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Pippa Middleton wowed spectators at Prince William & Kate's Royal Wedding.

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Pippa Middleton wowed spectators at Prince William & Kate's Royal Wedding.

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Forget that: royal wedding bridesmaid Pippa Middleton has emerged just as popular '" or even more '" as big sister and royal bride Kate Middleton. Pippa captured the world's attention from the moment she stepped into Westminster Abbey in her gorgeous, form-fitting white dress by Sarah Burton.

Do you know these facts about the younger Middleton sister?

Pippa is a Common Name '" in England

Admit it: your first thought upon hearing about Kate's little sister Pippa was Pippa? What kind of name is that?

Actually, it's a fairly common name, in Britain at least. Pippa was named Philippa Charlotte Middleton at birth, but goes by the shorter and more casual Pippa. Philippa means "lover of horses," and Pippa is its diminutive form.

The name Pippa was made popular in the 1800s by Robert Browning's poem, "Pippa Passes."

Pippa is the Girl Next Door '" Or Not

Much has been made of Kate Middleton's "girl next door" commoner status. But Pippa and sister Kate are far from the girls you'd run into at the local WalMart. Tatler Magazine named Pippa its number one society singleton in 2008. Although parents Michael and Carole Middleton are businesspeople who began their own party supply business, the family has done well and is decidedly on the upper side of upper middle class.

Pippa is Single, but not Available

Sorry, single guys out there -- Pippa has been dating businessman and cricket player Alex Loudon since December 2010. Loudon, 30, snagged a front-row seat to William and Kate's April 29 wedding, and also attended Kate's earlier ceremony confirming her as a member of the Church of England. Both Loudon and Prince Harry attended Eton and are reported to be friends.

Pippa isn't Just Another Pretty Face

Pippa's got more than beauty. She has brains as well. The 27-year-old is a graduate of Scotland's University of Edinburgh with a degree in English. She spearheaded a 2010 party to raise funds for breast cancer research which netted $7,500. Don't sell this beauty short!

Pippa and Prince Harry -- Friends or More?

Prince Harry and Pippa sure made a cute couple at the royal wedding; with Harry telling Pippa at one point, "You do look very beautiful today -- seriously." Could Prince William's little brother and Catherine's little sister be more than just friends?

No, say confidants. As mentioned earlier, Pippa is dating Alex Loudon, while Harry has dated Chelsy Davy off and on for years. Still, the two have quite a bit in common. They are both typical second-borns; less serious and more fun-loving than their older siblings.

If things don't work out with their current romantic partners, perhaps Pippa and Harry could further their acquaintance over tea at Windsor Castle.

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