Kate Middleton celebrates her 32nd birthday on Thursday and insiders say that the Duchess will as usual the marking the occasion quietly with her family and a few close friends, but this year she will be at her new home at Kensington Palace rather than with her parents.
Kate may have to spend the day without Prince William by her side, but he is expected to celebrate with her on Thursday evening. Today, Tuesday, he starts his new course at Cambridge University and is expected to be knuckling down with his studies for a few days this week, but it’s only an hour’s drive back to London.
Undoubtedly however, this has been another extraordinary year for Kate. She gave birth to her first child Prince George in July and since then has been seen only a few times in public since then.
Last year William took Kate, her parents, brother James and sister Pippa to a night out at the Royal Albert Hall to see a Cirque de Soleil show. Her 31st came just weeks after the announcement that she and William were expecting Prince George, as she was struggling with severe morning sickness.
It seems certain however that Kate Middleton's 33rd year will be filled with action. As soon as William finishes his 10 week course at Cambridge University, the couple are off on an extended tour of Australia and New Zealand, on which they will be accompanied by baby George, and inevitably there is already speculation about whether Kate will become pregnant again in 2014.
Whatever shape the birthday celebrations do take, we have our doubts however, whether reports that Prince William has asked the singer Taylor Swift to meet Kate as a 'birthday gift' are accurate!