Always there for her, in ways big and small. Kate Middleton took a backseat at sister Pippa’s wedding on Saturday, letting her younger sibling bask in the spotlight for her big day. The Duchess of Cambridge, whose own 2011 nuptials to Prince William was watched by an estimated 3 billion people, kept her look demure in a pale pink Alexander McQueen dress with a matching fascinator, with Pippa wowing in a form-fitting, lace Giles Deacon gown.
But even though Kate didn’t have a formal role in the ceremony, she was spotted pulling Big Sis duty from time to time, fluffing Pippa’s gown and helping lead a group of young children serving as bridesmaids and page boys into the church. (An adorable photo of the Duchess shushing the little boys and girls quickly went viral Saturday.)
One of Kate’s more subtle contributions to Pippa’s wedding day, however, was also perhaps one of the most meaningful. The royal, who studied art history at St. Andrews, drew a sketch of St. Mark’s Church that was featured on the program for Pippa’s wedding ceremony.
According to The Sun, Reverend Nick Wynne-Jones, who led the ceremony, called the illustration a “lovely piece,” and Pippa’s groom James Matthews referenced the sketch during his speech later that evening. “And to Pippa’s sister Kate, such ability — a beautiful drawing of St. Mark’s Church in the order of service.”
The Duchess has long been a supporter of the arts, and even became a patron of the National Portrait Gallery in 2012. She has also exhibited her artistic eye in the past with photos she took of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Pippa memorably first made her way into headlines during Middleton’s 2011 nuptials; as The Knot previously noted, the blushing bride donned a memento from that day as her “something old”: a pair of Robinson Pelham diamond drop earrings.