It was one of the iconic moments of the Royal wedding: Kate Middleton entering Westminster Abbey, assisted by her sister Pippa, while dress designer Sarah Burton ensured the gown was sitting perfectly.
Now all three women have been include on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
The sisters join US President Barack Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the list.
Prince William and the rest of the Royal family do not get a mention. David Cameron and David Beckham – who have both featured in previous years – failed to make the cut.
Burton’s citation, written by Sex in the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker, said the Alexander McQueen designer “did the undoable” by creating a dress that lived up to an “impossible dream”.
The Middletons were described as “avatars of aspiration” because of their rise from commoners to scaling the palace walls in the Duchess’s case, and for Pippa being “globally recognised, especially from behind”.
They were two of just a handful of British entries, notable for the absence of politicians and the predominance of women.
Grammy award winning Adele and actress Tilda Swinton, who starred in We Need To Talk About Kevin, were among the other British representatives.
Sally Potter, British director and screenwriter, said of Swinton: “We feel the space of history around her when she works, a sense that there is more than this. This conjuring of the quiet magnitude of human experience is what partly explains her magic. She evokes the bigger picture and occupies its centre.”
E.L. James, the British author of the bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, was also included.
Ahead of releasing the full list, Time also carried out an online poll, allowing readers to vote for a wider range of candidates, which included Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch and golfer Rory McIlroy.
The hacking group Anonymous, which polled the highest, was included on the final list.
Catherine Mayer, Europe editor of Time, who was part of the team of editors to decide on the Time 100, said: “We don’t have British politicians as featured in previous years and it says a lot about the state of current politics that there are no British politicians.”
She said one of her nominations had been Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond but she said she agreed with the decision not to include him.
“The proportion of women to men has risen this year and that is as a result of a deliberate editorial policy,” Ms Mayer said.
“The Middleton sisters are jointly on the list and the thinking behind that is that they have gone from obscurity to being among the most pictured women in the world.
“They say almost nothing so what we are talking about here is a particular kind of influence. It is an influence through imagery but in the world we live in, it’s incredibly potent.
“They have, if you like, a disproportionate influence simply because they are among the most photographed women in the world.”
Asked for the reaction of the Duchess of Cambridge to her inclusion on the list, a Clarence House spokesman replied: “It’s not something we would comment on.”
Source The Telegraph