We've always suspected The Duchess of Cambridge's baby sister, Pippa Middleton, 29, would be a jolly fun person to go to the tennis with, and our spidey-sense hunch has been confirmed in the socialite-cum-writer's latest column for The Spectator (although, this would beg to differ on the barrel of laughs front).
In her piece on the culture of Wimbledon watching, the party-entrepreneur shared that sunglasses don't just help to block out the British summer sun, but also act as a cover-up for her mid-match "Pimm's or three"-in snoozes (let's remember that tennis battles can be very, very long).
"Pimm's has become so identified with the tennis "brand" that it's a cliché - but that doesn't stop it from being absolutely delicious, essential drinking in fact," explained the daughter of a former flight dispatcher and flight attendant.
"I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy a Pimm's or three when I'm watching a game. Only pints will do, frankly, since half the glass is ice anyway. (For tips on how to make ice, may I refer you to my book Celebrate?) I try to smuggle mine under my chair and sip it when the cameras aren't on me. Oversized sunglasses help the disguise, and mean I can nod off unnoticed after one too many Pimm's in the sun."
Tally ho Pip Pip, jolly good show. (Although, making ice isn't something many of us need help with, FYI).
Pippa's love of the legendary English tennis Grand Slam is a long-held passion.
"I first went to Wimbledon when I was eight years old and already a very keen tennis player," she told Vanity Fair, for which she's now a Contributing Editor - covering all things Brit high society.
"During this first trip I acted on my childish tennis dreams and bought myself a postcard of the women's championship trophy, on which I wrote, 'I will win this one day,' with my signature below."
Kate Middleton's sister also wrote about the days when her family actually had to queue for tickets, and the fact that she was once convinced tennis gear would be her future bridal look: "If I had to get married, it would be in my tennis whites-shorts with no pleats or frills."
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