Being the Princess of Wales and part of one of the most popular families in the world, one would assume that Kate Middleton would throw a lavish party for her birthday, but as we all assume, that’s not the case with this incredible woman who despite her status and title is grounded and even modest.
Earlier this week, Kate celebrated her 42nd birthday with a small celebration with friends at the family’s countryside home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk.
Of course, it was a beautiful event which gave the members of the family to spend some quality time together despite their hectic schedules.
But Kate’s birthday hasn’t always been a joyous occasion for the Princess, at least not in the past when she received some shocking news by William on her special day.
Kate’s birthday was celebrated by millions of her fans who sent their well wishes.
King Charles and Queen Camilla wished Kate a happy birthday with a photo of her from their coronation with the caption, “Wishing The Princess of Wales a very happy birthday today!”
“A stunning Princess Her Royal Highness Understands. Honour. Duty. Loyalty. The Monarchy is in safe hands,” one user wrote on Instagram.
“Aww what a beautiful picture! I love it. Happy birthday to our amazing Princess of Wales! I hope she will have a great day and a wonderful new year! We all love you, Catherine,” a second added.
A third commented, “I wish Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales Catherine a happy and wonderful birthday, and despite the years passing, her beauty, elegance and solidarity remain unchanged, unchanged over time.”
Charles and Camilla weren’t among the attendees of Kate’s birthday celebration because they are spending time at their Birkhall estate in Scotland.
“Charles and Camilla are in Scotland but there will be phone calls and presents sent,” a family friend told Vanity Fair.
When it comes to the estate, there have been rumors that it would be gifted to the Prince and Princess of Wales, but as it turns out, that won’t be the case. “While there is a shuffle of royal houses currently ongoing and speculation that William and Catherine might be getting Birkhall, now they are the Prince and Princess of Wales, I am told that the King plans to keep the residence because he loves it so much as does Camilla,” the friend added.
“Catherine isn’t into big flashy occasions and really just likes to spend her birthday quietly with her family and close friends,” a friend shared with Vanity Fair.
As Kate would remember this birthday as a lovely occasion, she definitely doesn’t feel the same of how she spent her birthday back in 2008.
According to royal correspondent Katie Nicholl, who at the time of Kate’s birthday completed his assignments with the Armed Forces was to decide if he wanted to return to the Household Cavalry. To everyone’s surprise, including Kate’s, he decided to join the Royal Air Force (RAF).
“With that single decision, Kate’s life was turned upside down. She had expected a proposal once William had completed his military training. But instead, she was forced to accept that there would be no engagement any time soon. Kate would have to wait even longer,” Nicholl wrote in Kate: The Future Queen.
“Kate supported his desires and ambitions, but privately, she was crushed. William was asking her to be an army wife — without the nuptials. Her frustration was understandable.
“For Kate, it was a step backward. It seemed that everyone was getting married except for her. As she neared her 27th birthday, Kate’s plan to be married with children by the time she was thirty was looking increasingly unlikely.”
This happened shortly after the couple reunited following their split in 2007.
But despite this decision William made, 2008 was a great year for Kate because it was the year William popped the question.
The ring William asked Kate to marry him was of great significance for the couple because it belonged to late Princess Diana. “So I thought it was quite nice because obviously she’s not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all – this was my way of keeping her sort of close to it all,” the William said.
Kate’s way to the royal family wasn’t the easiest, but today, she’s one of the most beloved members of the Firm.
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