How Kate celebrates her special day

The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her milestone 40th birthday on Sunday 9 January, marking the event with a glamorous photoshoot in which she looks the image of a modern Queen-to-be. Let's take a look at how Kate has celebrated in previous years, from before she was a member of the royal family… Plus, see what beautiful gifts Prince William has given the love of his life.

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2007 – Kate's 25th birthday

Scores of photographers descended on Kate's London flat in the hope of snapping the birthday girl. Prince Charles's office was forced to release a statement, requesting that his son Prince William's girlfriend be left alone.

With William himself  on military duty in Dorset, it was left to Kate's sister Pippa to entertain Kate. He didn't forget this girl, though. That year his gift to her was a green enamel Van Cleef & Arpels diamond-framed make-up compact, featuring a polo player about to hit a pearl.

2009 – Kate's 27th birthday

William surprised his girlfriend with a romantic candle-lit supper in a remote log cabin on the Balmoral estate in Scotland. He was eager to show his love how much she meant to him before beginning an intensive phase of military training. So the thoughtful royal arranged for them to dine at the isolated lodge on the banks of the River Dee. With the sound of the river roaring outside, they dined alone in the cottage which was once a hideaway favoured by William's great-grandmother, the Queen Mother.

2010 – Kate's 28th birthday

In keeping with her classically elegant tastes, the Prince is said to have given his sweetheart cultured pearl earrings for her 28th birthday. It was later reported that Kate "adored" her present but the earrings were chewed up and swallowed by the family cocker spaniel, Ella! If this is true, Kate certainly didn't hold it against Ella - she and William later gave a home to her pup, Lupo, who was their beloved pet for many years.

2012 – Kate's 30th birthday

On turning 30, Kate kept it simple. Since it was her first birthday after her and Willliam's spectacular wedding it was nigh on impossible to go out without attracting attention. "She had a quiet gathering with family and friends," a palace aide said. "The dinner was held within private quarters at one of the properties situated by their home at Kensington Palace."

2014 – Kate's 32nd birthday

The royal's 32nd birthday was a particularly special one; it was her first as a mother. Kate spent the day privately with her little family, relaxing in her country home Anmer Hall in Norfolk, where she and William chose to raise their son Prince George in the earliest years of his life.

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2019 – Kate's 37th birthday

Anmer Hall was once again the setting for Kate's special day in 2019. She had a casual, pre-birthday celebration at her country house with some of her closest friends.

While the Duchess had her actual birthday off, William was carrying out an engagement with London's Air Ambulance on 9 January 2019. The charity, which is close to William's heart, was celebrating its 30th anniversary that year. During the event, William was given a card for his wife, and quipped: "I did remember this morning, so I was okay."

2021 – Kate's 39th birthday

Like many of us in 2020 and 2021, the Duchess spent her final 30-something birthday in lockdown. The Cambridges were once again at their Norfolk country house during the UK's third lockdown, where Kate was reportedly treated to a tea party put on by her husband William and their three children. Who says lockdown birthdays aren't fun?


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