Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, may be one of the most famous women in the world, but that doesn’t mean she wants to be in the spotlight all the time, even on special occasions. And when it comes to turning 40 this week, the only thing the mum-of-three wants is to spend time with her nearest and dearest.
“I think Kate’s 40th will be low-key and focused entirely on her family,” says royal writer Duncan Larcombe. “It’s just not Kate’s style to want to throw a lavish party. I think we can expect Kate to be deliberately modest, with no fuss.”
A big gathering would also be in bad taste given the current surge in Covid cases in the UK, so Kate is likely to have a quiet celebration at home with her husband Prince William and their children Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. Her parents Carole, 66, and Michael Middleton, 72, along with her siblings Pippa Matthews, 38, and James Middleton, 34, and their families, are also expected to help her mark the milestone.
But even if she doesn’t want a fuss, tributes are likely to pour in in honour of the huge contribution she makes to the royal family. One of the most popular royals, commoner Kate has proved to be a very valuable asset to the monarchy and as she enters her forties, she can look back knowing that for the last decade, since marrying William, she has been able to make a difference to the lives of others by embracing her royal role and promoting causes close to her heart.
In the last year in particular, she has sailed through the tough times caused by both the pandemic and upheaval among her in-laws (such as the rift between her husband and his brother Prince Harry) with grace, poise and humility. Whether it’s outshining film stars in a stunning gold dress at the premiere of the new James Bond film or abseiling and mountain biking with a group of children, Kate has stood out for her confidence but also her ability to make people feel at ease.
She is carving out a unique path as a modern royal, identifying and then pursuing her own interests. These include highlighting the importance of the early years when it comes to children’s development and talking about how vital it is for parents to look after their own mental health during the pandemic.
She has also spoken out about issues like addiction. At the launch of her new charity project Taking Action on Addiction, she said in her heartfelt speech, “No one chooses to be an addict. But it can happen to any of us. None of us are immune.”
People can see that Kate is very genuine in what she does, and her devotion to duty, while juggling motherhood, makes them feel that the monarchy is in safe hands.
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