Lots of people love to celebrate a milestone birthday and Kate Middleton is no different. Unfortunately, the Duchess of Cambridge doesn’t have a lavish party to look forward to on January 9 when she turns 40. And this year it’s not the first time Prince William’s wife’s birthday has been affected by circumstances beyond her control.
Read on to find out why she’s not having a big celebration this year and why Kate’s past few birthdays haven’t gotten much attention either.
Members of the royal family canceled a number of events
Just like other people around the world, members of the royal family have canceled planned events and celebrations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II and her family have been canceled or scaled back for the same reason in 2020 and 2021.
In December, the Queen decided not to eat the annual Christmas lunch, and only a small number of royals such as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles joined the King at Windsor Castle to celebrate the holiday. Will and Kate were not there as they were reportedly gathering at their home in Norfolk on Christmas Day.
The Duchess will celebrate a ‘low-key’ birthday this year
With COVID cases on the rise, any big Kate birthday party is out of the question, and she will likely only spend the day with her immediate family.
“There will likely be low-key celebrations for the Duchess,” a royal source told the Daily Mail. “You didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly something you want – but especially given the current climate, anything will likely be scaled back.”
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe agreed, saying “Okay!”: “Kate and William aren’t the type to go away to party alone and leave the kids at home. I think the same would be true for Kate’s birthday…it would be low key and would focus entirely on the family.”
Another one of Kate’s birthdays didn’t get much fanfare for a different reason
When Kate turned 38 in 2020, all eyes were on the royals but not because it was the Duchess’ birthday.
Hours before her big day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle delivered a massive shockwave by announcing via Instagram that they would step down as senior members of the royal family in order to “take on a progressive new role” and “work towards financial independence”. With the news of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex being so huge, it dominated the headlines and cast a shadow over Kate’s birthday.
Perhaps Kate would celebrate more in 2023 if conditions around the world were different.
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