Carole Middleton: Expert recalls 'unfair criticism' in 2010
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Today, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, celebrates her big day. She will likely spend the day with her close family at Anmer Hall, Norfolk, with Prince William and children Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte. Whatever celebration she opts for is expected to be low-key because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many have said that she will likely want to lead by a good example in scaling down any gathering that does happen.
It is, however, unclear whether she might launch any initiative to mark her landmark birthday.
When she turned 40, Meghan Markle unveiled her 40×40 project where she asked 40 of her friends to give 40 minutes of their time to women returning to work following the lockdown.
Royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti recently told the Royally US podcast that he did not think Kate would follow in Meghan’s footsteps, and said: “I don’t think we will be seeing anything similar from Princess Catherine — I think that we will be seeing something a lot lower key, is what we have been told.”
Little has been given away by the Royal Family or the Middleton’s as to what might take place.
Neither is it clear if she will see her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.
The Middleton’s are no novices when it comes to celebrations: Carole started her own party business, Party Pieces, in 1987, which has since flourished.
On the website, under the 40th birthday section, one of Carole’s messages could offer Kate some advice on her milestone birthday.
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Written in bold letterhead, the message reads: “Life begins at 40 – so it’s only right to celebrate in style!
“Make the milestone birthday one to remember… throw a 40th celebration like no other with balloons, banners and more.”
Kate has celebrated many of her birthdays in the last decade in glamorous style.
In 2012, on turning 30, she had been a member of the Royal Family for nine months, having completed numerous public engagements, including a royal tour to Canada.
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To mark the occasion — in what was a whirlwind period for Kate and William — the pair celebrated with a quiet gathering of family and friends.
A dinner was held for the Duchess in Kensington Palace’s private quarters during a low-key and exclusive celebration.
The following year saw her mark her 31st birthday after a lengthy and tough period of morning sickness during her pregnancy with Prince George.
She was widely expected to remain at home for the occasion.
But, Kate surprised the public when she appeared at the Royal Albert Hall for a much enjoyed Cirque de Soleil performance, joined by her husband, sister Pippa, brother James and her parents.
Her 32nd birthday saw her enjoy a family-oriented birthday with the arrival of George, where she celebrated at Anmer Hall, where the family currently resides.
Kate’s next two birthdays were spent in relative obscurity: she relaxed ahead of the birth of her second child, Charlotte, in 2015.
And, similarly, in 2016, after a busy year she enjoyed a private day off from royal duties with her young family.
Fast-forward to 2019, to the Duchess’ 37th birthday, she and William were sadly parted from one another, separated by royal engagement.
William was attending an event with London’s Air Ambulance, a charity very dear to the duke’s heart and who were celebrating their 30th anniversary that year.
At the time, he assured a reporter that he had given his wife a card that day, and said: “I did remember this morning, so I was ok.”
The year of the pandemic, 2020, was the last normal birthday, like many of us, Kate had — hosting her closest friends for a birthday weekend at her country home.
And, last year, Kate spent her birthday during some of the country’s toughest lockdown restrictions
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