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Kate and Pippa Middleton: experts in “nickname” for the sisters

Pippa Middleton (now Matthews) celebrates her fifth wedding anniversary on Friday. Middleton’s younger sister married James Matthews, a former professional racing driver, on May 20, 2017 at St Mark’s Church in Berkshire. Her niece and nephew Prince George, eight, and Princess Charlotte, seven, were part of the wedding.

However, contrary to tradition, Pippa’s older sister, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, was not part of the official party and did not act as bridesmaid or bridesmaid.

Pippa stole the show at Kate and husband Prince William’s wedding in 2011.

The figure-hugging dress she wore as she walked behind the Duchess in Westminster Abbey earned her the nickname ‘Her Royal Hotness’.

And according to a royal expert, that’s why Kate didn’t act as bridesmaid or bridesmaid when her sister got married.

Kate Middleton did not act as bridesmaid at Pippa’s wedding. (Image: Getty Images)

Pippa holds Kate's train

Pippa held Kate’s train as the Duchess entered the Abbey. (Image: Dave Cannon/GP/Getty Images)

Judy Wade, author of “Diana: The Intimate Portrait,” suspected that all eyes would have been on the future queen, rather than the bride.

Before the wedding, she told People magazine, “Kate would eclipse her sister. It’s a tricky situation for Pippa.

“She would want her sister to be by her side, because who else would she trust to make things right?”

“But if your sister is a future queen, she’s going to outshine the bride and get all the attention.

Pippa and James Matthews

Pippa married James Matthews, a former racing driver. (Image: Justin Tallis – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

“Kate would like to be in the background as much as possible.”

The Duchess did not play a formal role at her sister’s ceremony, but she appeared to take on several, perhaps unnamed, roles during the nuptials.

She was seen helping Pippa make her entrance, holding the train and also leading the group of young children serving as bridesmaids and page boys.

In one of the most circulated photos of the day, Kate was seen silencing her eldest son, George, who was acting as a page boy.

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Pippa Middleton's wedding

George and Charlotte were part of the wedding. (Image: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

She also contributed to Pippa’s marriage in a more subtle and surprising way.

The Duchess drew a sketch of the church which was on the program for her sister’s ceremony.

According to an article in The Sun, James Matthews praised his sister-in-law’s artistic talents in a speech at the reception, he said: “And to Pippa’s sister, Kate, such ability – a beautiful drawing of St. Mark’s Church in the order of a service.”

Then, referring to Kate’s reading as well as George and Charlotte as pageboy and pagegirl, he added: ‘A flawless read and a sweet loan from two adorable little ones.’

Kate and Charlotte

Kate played several non-formal roles throughout the ceremony, including that of mum to the royal children. (Image: Kirsty Wigglesworth – Pool/Getty Images)

She has become a patron of the National Portrait Gallery and The Art Room, a charity which uses art to support the mental health and well-being of children and young people.

And, as an amateur photographer, the Duchess is often the person behind the camera in her children’s birthday photos.

After the ceremony, Pippa and James set off in a vintage convertible – mirroring sister Kate’s royal wedding when she and William did the same.

Pippa and James have since welcomed two children – Arthur, three, and Grace, one.

Pippa and James in a convertible

Pippa and James set off in a vintage convertible, echoing Kate and William’s wedding. (Image: Neil Mockford/GC Images)

Pippa is particularly low-key when it comes to her children, but in an interview in association with sportswear brand Hoka One last year, she revealed: “Being active with my 2.5 year old son in the park or the playground, carrying him on the back of my bike and my buggy run as a baby have been ways I have been able to include outdoor exercise while being an active mom.”

She added: “Being such an active family has rubbed off on my son, he loves nothing more than running around the woods, parks and fields with our two dogs, even though he’s howling a gale and ‘it’s raining cats and dogs.”