‘Poor’ Kate to miss out on birthday celebrations as cost-cutting hit royal tradition

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Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate turning 40 years old this weekend but she will miss out on a key birthday tradition for senior royals. The Duchess of Cambridge will not have the bells at Westminster Abbey ring out to mark her birthday this Sunday. Jonathan Sacerdoti, a royal expert, told the Royally Us podcast that the decision was made as part of “cost-cutting measures” in the royal household.

He explained: “She will be missing out on a tradition of bells at Westminster Abbey this year, which is rung for the birthdays of senior royals.

“They have stopped doing that now except for the Queen and Prince Charles, as part of a cost-cutting idea.

“So, poor Catherine won’t even be getting those bells rung out.”

He said that the Duchess will have a “much more low-key” birthday affair when compared to her sister-in-law Meghan Markle.

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Meghan celebrated turning 40 last year by launching a new initiative where she sought to help women get back into the workforce after the pandemic.

Mr Sacerdoti said: “I don’t think we will see anything similar from Kate.

“We will be seeing something a lot more low-key.

“Her birthday is on January 9 and it will be quite scaled back because of the Covid pandemic.

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“The Royal Family will be keen to set an example to others.

“Last year she was in lockdown with William and her children.”

It is understood that Kate will be joined by her closest friends and family members at Anmer Hall for a quiet and private birthday event this year.

The Cambridges spent the festive period at Anmer Hall.


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Last year, the Cambridges celebrated Kate’s 39th birthday during lockdown where she was reportedly treated to a tea party put on by William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.

This year will also mark Kate’s first decade in the Royal Family, after she married William in April 2011.

It is thought that the Queen will rely on the Duchess of Cambridge “more than ever” this year.

Royal author Katie Nicholl said that the Duchess of Cambridge has “stepped up” and will play an even more important role in 2022.

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