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Pippa Middleton's big year: a review in pictures

The wedding of her sister, Kate, to Prince William put Pippa Middleton on the map last year. Oh, yeah, that Alexander McQueen dress helped too

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Before the nuptials of her sister, Pippa Middleton was just another young Londoner.

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Make that: just another young, rich, well-connected, stylish Londoner who can pull off a serious fascinator.

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And then this happened.

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As maid of honour at the royal wedding, Pippa nearly stole the show in a white body-hugging Alexander McQueen gown.

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Even an adorable little girl couldn't compete.

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Overnight, Pippa - and, more specifically, her backside - became a paparazzi favourite as she went about her days in London.

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Suddenly she was on the invite list for charity events, galas and more. (She may have misread the invitation to the Boodles Boxing Ball.)

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But perhaps nothing cemented her style-icon status as much as this front-row seat to the Temperley runway show during London Fashion Week. (That's actress Rosario Dawson beside her.)

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At Wimbledon in June, she sported the obligatory celebrity sunglasses.

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She also attended the French Open in Paris (because one tournament is never enough).

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"I see you monsieur photographer!"

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Pippa stays in shape through a range of sports, and often competes in races. In March, she finished a 90-kilometre cross-country marathon in Sweden.

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Obviously her hard work pays off.

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