The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to scale back plans for her 40th birthday to celebrate with ‘only close family and friends’ rather than a big party due to Covid fears.
Kate, 39, had a quiet Christmas and is expected to do the same on her birthday on Sunday January 9, as Omicron continues to take the UK by storm.
The queen canceled plans to celebrate traditional Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family leaving the Cambridges to greet the Middletons at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall.
Last year, Kate spent her birthday locked up with her husband William, 39, and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince William reportedly hosted a tea party for the family of five at their country home on the Sandringham estate.
This year the celebrations are expected to be “low-key” and the Duchess reportedly won’t want anything flashy for the birthday milestone.
Kensington Palace is expected to release a new photo of the mother of three to mark the occasion.
A source told the Mail on Sunday: “There will likely be low-key celebrations for the Duchess. She didn’t want anything flashy anyway, that’s not exactly her thing, but particularly given the current weather, something is likely to be reduced.” . . ”
It comes after actual author Duncan Larcombe said OK! : “Kate and William are not the type to celebrate alone and leave the kids at home.
“I think the same will apply to Kate’s birthday as it does to Christmas – it will be low-key and completely family-centered.”
Kate’s sister-in-law Meghan Markle celebrated her 40th birthday last August by launching her 40×40 plan with a comedy video featuring Hollywood actress Melissa McCarthy.
The Duchess of Cambridge will also miss out on the traditional birthday honor of the bells ringing at Westminster Abbey for older members of the Royal Family due to cost-cutting changes.
The bells will no longer ring for the birthdays of Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward or the Duchess of Cornwall and it is the same for the Cambridges and their children, reports Hello magazine.
In the future they will only be heard by the Queen and Prince Charles.
Last year, the Abbey said: “Due to the financial challenges posed to the Abbey by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now ring only for the birthdays of Her Majesty the Queen and Her Highness. Royal Prince of Wales “. . “