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The sad reason Kate’s 40th birthday won’t be a big lavish affair

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On January 9, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate her 40th trip around the sun. Many mark a milestone birthday with a huge bash with friends and family, some champers and maybe even a boogie or two. But Kate is expected to have a “low-key” celebration for her 40th birthday this year amid the ongoing threat of coronavirus.

In recent weeks, the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant has prompted national concern, and virus cases have continually surged.

On January 1, a further 162,572 people tested positive, a staggering number in a week that saw more than one million people test positive for the virus.

Although further restrictions on social gatherings have not been introduced in England to date, the Royal Family has taken several precautions recently to limit the spread of the virus.

The Royal Family’s annual Christmas luncheon was cancelled by the Queen in December, as was the traditional royal gathering at Sandringham in Norfolk.

The Cambridge family are understood to have held a small Christmas gathering at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall.

And in light of the ongoing threat the virus poses, Kate’s upcoming birthday on January 9 is reportedly planned to be a small affair too.

A source told the Mail on Sunday: “There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the Duchess.

“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.”

The notion Kate would have a smaller birthday celebration this year was shared by royal expert, Duncan Larcombe.

He told 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 as it does to Christmas – it will be low key and it will be focused entirely on the family.”

As with all royal birthdays, Kate’s 40th is likely to be marked by the release of a new birthday portrait by Kensington Palace.

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Other royal social media accounts will also likely pay tribute to the Duchess as she celebrates her fourth decade.

Recently, some royals have opted to support a charitable endeavour to mark their birthdays.

The Duchess of Sussex launched her 40×40 initiative as part of her 40th birthday celebrations in August last year.

Meghan’s initiative aimed to see 40 celebrity women offer 40 minutes of their time to help other women get back into work.

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