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How Carole Middleton stays so svelte at 64: Kate and Pippa's mother sticks to a regime of no meat, lots of tennis... and an iron will she's passed on to her daughters who've inherited the 'Middleton middle'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 12/27/2019 Alison Boshoff for the Daily Mail

a person in a swimsuit walking on a beach: Carole Middleton, 64, wearing a black bikini top and bottoms with a white diamond pattern, takes a stroll through the waves in St. Barts, Caribbean, on Boxing Day © Provided by Daily Mail Carole Middleton, 64, wearing a black bikini top and bottoms with a white diamond pattern, takes a stroll through the waves in St. Barts, Caribbean, on Boxing Day She will be 65 in four weeks’ time, but there is no doubt that Carole Middleton, grandmother of the future King George, is in majestically trim shape.

Spotted on the beach on the Caribbean island of St Barts, where she is vacationing with daughter Pippa and her husband, James Matthews — whose family own the Eden Rock hotel there — she showed off her slender "Middy middle."

As Carole’s brother, Gary Goldsmith, observed last year: "Carole has always looked after herself and eaten healthily — and she has a stunning figure."

Indeed, before Pippa’s wedding in 2017 to James, she trimmed down from a size 12 to her current 10. She grumbles, though, that she has put weight on around her bust as she has aged, which can make clothes shopping tricky.

So how does she stay so formidably toned and slim? Here, we reveal a few clues...

A strict vegan diet — red wine allowed

As her brother Gary indicated, Carole has always been slender. Perhaps this is a legacy from her days as an airline hostess, when a premium was put on an immaculately polished exterior.

She has maintained her slim figure through three children and the dawning of middle age.

Before daughter Kate’s wedding in 2011 she famously went on the Dukan diet — a high-protein, low-carb regime devised by French nutritionist Dr Pierre Dukan, telling a Sunday newspaper in October 2010: "I’ve been doing it for four days, and I’ve lost 4 lbs."

a woman wearing a swimsuit: Carole and Michael Middleton looked to be soaking up the sun on the beach on Boxing Day, with Carole sporting a healthy tan © Provided by Daily Mail Carole and Michael Middleton looked to be soaking up the sun on the beach on Boxing Day, with Carole sporting a healthy tan a man standing on a beach: Michael Middleton looked to be soaking up the sun on the beach on Boxing Day © Provided by Daily Mail Michael Middleton looked to be soaking up the sun on the beach on Boxing Day

Sales of Dr Dukan’s book soared as a result, and when asked the secret of his success, he put it down to two factors: "It works . . . and Carole Middleton!"

More recently, though, she is said to follow her other daughter Pippa’s advice on all things fitness and exercise, as Pippa, a former sports scholar at Marlborough College, is an expert.

And both Pippa and Carole apparently follow the Sirtfood diet which allows only certain foods, including turmeric, red wine, dates, walnuts, blueberries, apples, citrus fruits, parsley, capers, green tea, soy, strawberries, olive oil, red onion, rocket and that old healthlover’s favorite, kale.

a person swimming in the water: Carole, dressed in a stylish mis-matched black and white bikini, reaches out to daughter Pippa for a hand as she exits the water © Provided by Daily Mail Carole, dressed in a stylish mis-matched black and white bikini, reaches out to daughter Pippa for a hand as she exits the water a person riding a wave on a surfboard in the water: Pippa and Carole Middleton showed off their incredibly toned physiques as they basked in the sun and frolicked in the sea in St. Barts © Provided by Daily Mail Pippa and Carole Middleton showed off their incredibly toned physiques as they basked in the sun and frolicked in the sea in St. Barts

In an interview last year, Carole revealed that she had become a vegan — an easy switch to make as many of the Sirtfoods are veg or fruit.

The theory behind the diet is that certain foods "activate" sirtuins, which promote metabolic health.

She appears to be self-conscious about her bust and said: "I’m bigger round my top half than I was, so that’s why I prefer dresses to trousers and I don’t like anything tight. One of the reasons I don’t like shopping for clothes is that there aren’t enough for women my age."

Her legs are testament to the power of a regular walking habit. Carole apparently loves to go on bracing hikes in the West Berkshire countryside near her home, and she is also noted for being an excellent dancer at parties.

Both she and husband Michael, 70, are said to have a snappy sense of rhythm.

a person in a swimsuit walking on a beach: Carole and Pippa enjoyed some mother-daughter time on the beach, while Kate is in Sandringham in Norfolk with her husband Prince William and the Queen © Provided by Daily Mail Carole and Pippa enjoyed some mother-daughter time on the beach, while Kate is in Sandringham in Norfolk with her husband Prince William and the Queen


She’s an ace on her own tennis court

Carole plays tennis several times a week on the hard court at their home, is reportedly "very competitive" and prefers grinding out victories in singles matches to the jollity of doubles.

She often goes to Wimbledon to watch tennis with Pippa or Kate, and went to dinner with Swiss tennis champ Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, last year — the Federers are friends of Pippa’s and were guests at her wedding.

Both Kate and Pippa are also keen tennis players, and they excelled at the sport while at school. Kate plays at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham, West London, and apparently says this is the one sport at which she can beat Prince William.

Carole also has a heated swimming pool at her home, and for decades she has been a fan of swimming, which is an excellent exercise for core strength and can burn off around 500 calories an hour.

Pippa has been known to go to hydrospinning classes and aqua-aerobics, although it’s not known if Carole has tried either.


a group of people swimming in a body of water: Pippa and Carole cooling off with a morning dip in the ocean on Boxing Day as they soak up the rays in St Bart's © Provided by Daily Mail Pippa and Carole cooling off with a morning dip in the ocean on Boxing Day as they soak up the rays in St Bart's
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