Pippa Middleton shot to international fame the second she stepped out of the limo for the Royal Wedding on April 29, 2011, in her white, body-hugging Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen bridesmaid dress. Though stepping into the spotlight to help her older sister Kate marry Prince William that day might have frayed a few nerves, Pippa instead says that the gravity of it all didn't hit until later.
"It sounds funny to say," she told Matt Lauer on the * Today Show* this morning during her first-ever U.S. television interview, but, "We saw it as just a family wedding. And actually, I didn't realize, perhaps, the scale of it until afterwards."
"We all took on the roles as any family would," she continued. It wasn't until she saw the TV cameras and thousands of people from Buckingham Palace's balcony, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared their first public kiss that she realized, "Wow, this is pretty special."
At least she was able to keep her stress levels down before the big day! Not only that, but she shrugged off the hoopla over her now-infamous bridesmaid dress. "You know," she said, "I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress. Really just to sort of blend in with the [wedding dress] train."
It did many things, but we can't say it blended in. Regardless, it's not exactly in the forefront of Pippa's current life. "It's actually still in my wardrobe at home...I think it's the sort of thing that I'm sure I'll bring out if someone wanted to see it or my children one day want to see it. Then I'll show them."