When you’re a member of the British monarchy, major life events are rarely taken lightly. (See last year’s royal wedding and Prince Louis’ christening for proof.) Apparently, this is an unwritten rule that also applies to birthdays: Just ask Kate Middleton, who rung in her 37th year on not one, but two separate occasions over the past week—and honestly, we’re here for both of them.
On Wednesday (January 9), her actual birthday, Middleton reportedly spent the day at home in Kensington Palace keeping it chill with school drop-offs and pickups. Later in the day, Kate was joined by the Duke of Cambridge when he returned from an official engagement commemorating the 30th anniversary of London’s Air Ambulance. According to Vanity Fair, Prince William made it home just in time to celebrate with his wife and the kids—before they all continued the day with a tea party for Kate at the palace.
According to Vanity Fair, which quoted a source close to the royal family, Kate is actually not a big fan of birthday parties. “Kate’s not into big birthday celebrations,” the source told the site. “But George and Charlotte adore birthday cake, so there will be a special tea party at the palace with candles and presents.”
But according to new reports, the Duchess of Cambridge actually did have a second, larger birthday party—though it was held outside of London earlier in the week (which might just explain the super-chill plans for her actual birthday). According to the royals-focused podcast On Heir, Kate reportedly had a private party on Sunday, January 6, at her and Will’s country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England. Reportedly in attendance at the evening’s party were Prince Louis’ godmother, Laura Meade, as well as Prince George’s godmother, Emilia Jardine Patterson, Kate’s friend from university.
It’s kinda great that royals love a good birthday week, too—though we’re dying to know if Kate treated herself to an indulgence or two during her own royal Me Week.