Kate Middleton turns 40 on Jan. 9, just months after her sister-in-law celebrated this landmark birthday herself. But for royal expert Duncan Larcombe, the Duchess of Cambridge’s celebrations will look nothing like the Duchess of Sussex’.
Where Meghan Markle took the opportunity to launch a new mentoring-based charity initiative and involve A-listers such as Melissa McCarthy, Adele and Stella McCartney, Larcombe imagines that Middleton will not make a big deal out of the occasion.
“Kate and William are not the sort to go away to celebrate on their own and leave the kids at home,” Larcombe tells OK! “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.”
But just because this particular birthday won’t be a huge party for Middleton doesn’t mean she hasn’t rung it in in jet-setty style in the past. “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,” Larcombe explains.
“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.”
So we know what the duchess’ birthday won’t…