By ANDREA MAGRATH
Still going strong: Pippa Middleton and boyfriend Alex Loudon arrive together at Wimbledon
Speculation has been rife for weeks that Royal bridesmaid Pippa Middleton had answered the prayers of millions of fans and is back on the market.
But the Duchess of Cambridge's sister dismissed the rumours and proved that she is still with boyfriend Alex Loudon today.
The couple, who have been dating for almost a year, arrived hand-in-hand at Wimbledon, looking very much a couple.
Dressed to impress: While Pippa shone in her red dress, Alex looked smart in a pair of beige trousers, navy blazer and blue and white striped tie
Pippa looked bright and summery in a tomato red Hobbs NW3 Wyldes dress, which she teamed with tan espadrille wedges and matching Modalu bag.
Bizarrely, the 27-year-old was spotted doing some last-minute shoe shopping yesterday in the exact same dress she wore today.
And, given that Pippa's sister Kate is flying out to Canada today, Pippa was able to take centre stage at Centre Court where she watched Roger Federer play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
On sale now: Fashion fans will be happy to know that Pippa's Hobbs NW3 dress is available to buy for £89, down from £129
Happy as ever: The couple were rumoured to have split recently after Pippa was seen in the company of a number of other men
Family day out: Pippa and Alex sat with her parents Michael and Carole watch the match
Fans of the fashionable Middleton sister will be pleased to know that, like Kate's Alice Temperley dress on Monday, Pippa's frock is now on sale for £89, down from £129.
The outfit also got the thumbs up from stars including Dannii Minogue, who tweeted: 'Whoop #WeLove Pippa Middleton's red dress @Wimbledon today. Tres chic!'
Former cricketer Alex, 30, looked smart in a blazer and tie for their day of VIP treatment at the tennis.
VIP treatment: The couple were joined by Pippa's mother Carol Middleton
What's so funny? Pippa smiles as Alex cracks a joke courtside
Pippa's mother Carole also joined the couple at Wimbledon, wearing a white summer dress with a bright pink and purple floral design.
Pippa, sporting her trademark deep tan, styled her hair in Kate's favourite loose waves.
A relative of Alex's told the Mail on Sunday earlier this month that the rumours that Pippa and Alex were on the rocks were 'completely untrue.'
Trial run: Pippa was spotted wearing the exact same dress yesterday while out shoe shopping
Smiles all round: Carole, Pippa and Alex all appeared to be in good spirits as they watched the match
Speculation over a split started when Pippa was spotted enjoying a mini-break in Madrid in May with old flame and former flatmate at Edinburgh University, George Percy.
This month Pippa attended a wedding without Alex, and was then spotted giggling with George as they watched tennis at the Queen's Club in West London, before enjoying dinner together.
They returned to George's London house and, after hugging each other goodnight, Pippa was seen leaving shortly after 2am.
Celebrity guests: Anna Wintour and Cliff Richard were among the other famous faces
Meeting showbiz royalty: Pippa enjoys a chat with Sir Cliff before the match begins
But a university contemporary said: 'Pippa and George are friends, but that is all. Pippa doesn't fancy George, she's very into Alex.
'Alex is the nicest chap you could meet. He's incredibly sweet, loyal and adores Pippa, but they make a point of seeing each other very privately and don't go to flash places.'
Other celebrities spotted at the tennis today included Vogue editor Anna Wintour, a close friend of Roger Federer, and Amanda Holden.
Summer chic: Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy was pictured arriving at the tennis in a short black and white dress
Tense match: Chelsy sipped on an iced drink as she made her way to her seat, while Andy Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears chewed her nails
Monday, 4 July 2011
Love match is still on: Pippa Middleton ends speculation of a break-up as she and boyfriend Alex Loudon arrive at Wimbledon
By ANDREA MAGRATH