Many people love celebrating 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 Jan. 9 when she turns 40. And this year isn’t the first time Prince William‘s wife’s birthday is impacted by circumstances beyond her control.
Read on to find out why she won’t have a big celebration this year and why Kate’s last few birthdays didn’t garner much attention either.
The royals have canceled a number of events
Just like other folks across the globe, the royals have been canceling planned events and celebrations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II and her family members were either canceled or scaled back for the same reason in 2020 and 2021.
In December, the queen decided not to have her annual Christmas lunch and only a small number of royals such as Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles joined the monarch at Windsor Castle to celebrate the holiday. Will and Kate were not there as they reportedly had a small gathering at their Norfolk home on Christmas Day.
The duchess will have a ‘low-key’ birthday this year
With COVID cases soaring, any large bash for Kate’s birthday is out of the question and she will most likely be spending the day with just her immediate family.
“There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the duchess,” a royal source told the Daily Mail (per Express). “She didn’t want anything flashy anyway — that’s not exactly her thing — but particularly given the current climate anything is likely to be scaled down.”
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe agreed telling OK!: “Kate and William are not the sort to go away to celebrate on their own and leave the kids at home. I think the same will apply to Kate’s birthday … it will be low key and it will be focused entirely on the family.”
Another one of Kate’s birthdays didn’t garner 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’s birthday.
Hours before her big day, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped a bombshell with their announcement via Instagram that they were stepping down as senior royals to “carve out a progressive new role” and “work to become financially independent.” Because the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s news was so huge it dominated the headlines and completely overshadowed Kate’s birthday.
Perhaps Kate will get to celebrate more in 2023 if circumstances around the world are different.
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