Kate will have a ‘low-key 40th’ to avoid being compared with Meghan, says expert

Kate Middleton turns 40 on January 9 but she’s likely to take a low-key approach to celebrating her milestone birthday.

“Kate and William are not the sort to go away to celebrate on their own and leave the kids at home,” says royal expert Duncan Larcombe.

“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.”

When Kate first met her prince at the University of St Andrew’s in Scotland where both were studying, she would often go away with William for her birthday.

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“Long before they got married and long before they had children, it wasn’t unknown for William to whisk Kate away for her birthday, usually to the ski slopes but once or twice to the Caribbean,” Duncan tells OK!

“The first picture of the two of them kissing was taken when Kate was celebrating her birthday quietly with William at Klosters ski resort in Switzerland.

“But that was then and it’s just not Kate’s style to want to throw a lavish party for friends and family. I can’t see her going on any VIP trips to posh West End restaurants either.

“I think we can expect Kate to be deliberately modest, with no fuss and the emphasis firmly on her family.”

When Kate’s sister-in-law Meghan Markle turned 40 in August, she marked the occasion by launching a mentorship programme to support women getting back into the workforce after the pandemic.

The 40×40 scheme involved celebrities such as Adele and Stella McCartney giving 40 minutes of their time.

Meghan made a comedy video too, featuring actress Melissa McCarthy, which included a cameo from husband Harry, who was seen juggling outside in the garden.

Kate has been working on projects linked to her Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood this year. Might Kate follow suit with an announcement and video of her own?

“I’d be very surprised if she does announce anything,” says Duncan. “She’s unlikely to because, firstly, it’s just not her way and secondly because of the obvious comparisons with Meghan and this awful continuation of one-upmanship that the palace is so keen to avoid.

“Kate is already an established member of the Royal Family and has no need to make any announcements. In any case, she’s already made several statements on childhood years and mental health since we came out of lockdown.”

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Kate often spends time with family and friends at Anmer Hall in Norfolk for her birthday and last year when coronavirus restrictions were in place, Kate celebrated with William and the children.

“She will probably want to see her parents and siblings especially as she didn’t see them last year,” says Duncan.

“But I think Kate will view her birthday – even if it is her 40th – as irrelevant to everyone except herself and her family.

“The days when William partied the night away at Windsor Castle are long gone. Instead, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are growing older gracefully.”

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