Pippa's centre stage on Wimbledon's Centre Court
Pippa Middleton and their brother James, arrive on Centre Court before the women's singles tennis match between Serena Williams of the U.S. and Melinda Czink of Hungary at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London. (Reuters)
Now, here's a familiar figure not seen in a while.
Pippa Middleton has kept a semi-low profile the past few months, avoiding any public partying that might blow up in her face, like her April-in-Paris weekend that ended up with one of her mates waving some fake gun at a photographer. The Palace was not amused.
On Thursday, she was a guest in the Royal Box at Wimbledon, a public showing she couldn't possibly have passed up given her love of tennis, possibly only rivalled by her sister Kate.
Looking naval neat in her blue Orla Kiely dress and matching macrame jacket, the Duchess of Cambridge's sister was accompanied to Centre Court by her brother James. Her row-mates included actress Felicity Kendal and her son Jake Rudman. In front of her was singer Tony Bennett (right).
While some media outlet described her look as "aces," Pippa's outfit didn't sit too well with some fashion critics. The Daily Mail's Nicole Mowbray says the 28-year-old took Wimbledon's strict dress code too far with a look that was "way too old" and "climate inappropriate" since the temperature was hitting 28 degrees (C).
Pippa took that mercury-warning into account, obviously, stripping off her sweater as she watched Serena Williams beat Hungary's Melinda Czink in the second round (6-1, 6-4).
Last year, Pippa brought along her then-boyfriend Alex Louden to the box, joining her parents Carole and Michael. Carole Middleton was at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but chose to sit in the regular stands while Prince Charles and Camilla took up the seats that as much a focus for photographers as the action on court.
So far, no sign of Kate and Prince William, who snagged much attention last year when they appeared in the Royal Box.
Pippa Middleton, sunglasses at the ready, arrives at the Royal Box on Wednesday. (AP/Reuters)