The Queen, Prince Charles and Camilla have all sent their well-wishes to mark Kate Middleton’s 39th birthday today.
Taking to Twitter, the official Royal Family Instagram shared two throwback photographs of the duchess and penned: ‘Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy birthday today!’ followed by the hashtag #HappyBirthdayHRH.’
In one of the snaps, the royal can be seen with Her Majesty during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, while the second shows the duchess donning a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts in Northolt, west London on 29 September.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also shared a snap of the mother-of-three and wrote: ‘Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge!’ alongside a confetti ball emoji.
In the photo, a smiling Kate looks relaxed in a pair of recycled pink £29.50 M&S trousers which she wore to meet with parents helped by peer support networks during the Covid-19 pandemic on 22 September.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to have remained at Anmer Hall after England was plunged into Lockdown 3.
Taking to Twitter, the official Royal Family Instagram shared two throwback photographs of the duchess and penned: ‘Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy birthday today!’ (pictured)
In one of the snaps, the royal can be seen with Her Majesty during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019
A second snap shows the duchess donning a Scouts woggle to meet Cub and Beaver Scouts in Northolt, west London on 29 September
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also shared a snap of the mother-of-three and wrote: ‘ Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge!’ alongside a confetti ball emoji (pictured)
In the photo, a smiling Kate looks relaxed in a pair of recycled pink £29.50 M&S trousers which she wore to meet with parents helped by peer support networks during the Covid-19 pandemic on 22 September
In response to the well-wishes, Kensington Royal Instagram penned: ‘Thank you for your kind wishes on The Duchess’ birthday.
Birthdays have been very different in recent months, and our thoughts continue to be with all those working on the front line at this hugely challenging time.’
The royal couple have spent previous lockdown periods at their country residence in Norfolk, where they have been staying since Christmas – and will likely enjoy a low-key family celebration there for the Duchess’ special day.
Kensington Palace previously declined to comment on their whereabouts.
It is believed the Cambridges had intended to return to their London base at Kensington Palace, but now have no reason to return to the capital, and the law advises against essential travel, Hello! reports.
William and Kate will be required to begin homeschooling Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte again, as they did during the first lockdown in March last year.
Kensington Royal Instagram penned: ‘Thank you for your kind wishes on The Duchess’ birthday. Birthdays have been very different in recent months, and our thoughts continue to be with all those working on the front line at this hugely challenging time’ (pictured)
A general view of the front of Anmer Hall on the Sandringham Estate on January 13, 2013 in King’s Lynn
Prince William and Kate Middleton are likely to remain at Anmer Hall and resume homeschooling their children Prince George, seven, Prince Louis, two, and Princess Charlotte, five (pictured together in a shot for their 2020 Christmas card)
They previously admitted to finding it ‘challenging’ to teach their three children – whom they said had ‘got such stamina’.
The couple even ‘kept it going’ through the Easter holidays without telling them, with Kate admitting: ‘I feel very mean. The children have got such stamina, I don’t know how.
‘Honestly, you get to the end of the day and you write down the list of all the things that you’ve done in that day.’
She added: ‘It’s just having that bit of structure actually. And it’s great, there’s so many great tips online and fun activities that you can do with the children, so it hasn’t been all hardcore.’
A source in April claimed Kate ‘led’ the homeschooling efforts of the eldest two, while organising playtime for two-year-old Louis every day, while her husband also ‘rolled his sleeves up’ to help out.
They added that the Duke and Duchess found the experience ‘hugely rewarding’.
In July William admitted his patience was tested while homeschooling and he struggled to teach Year 2 maths.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5Live’s That Peter Crouch podcast, which was recorded partially via Zoom and partially at Kensington Palace in March, the heir said: ‘I’ve found it pretty testing, not going to lie, trying to keep the children engaged in some kind of work, it’s been an interesting few months.’
He added: ‘I’ve learned through homeschooling that my patience is a lot shorter than I thought it was, that’s probably been the biggest eye opener for me, and that my wife has super patience.
It is believed the Cambridges had intended to return to their London base at Kensington Palace, but now have no reason to return to the capital, and the law advises against essential travel. Pictured with their children attending a special pantomime performance at London’s Palladium Theatre in December
‘Basically we’re a good team tag session, I come in with the children and try and get them to do something and Catherine comes in when frankly everything has gone wrong.
‘I have to admit I’m a bit embarrassed about my maths knowledge, I can’t do Year 2 maths.’
While the Duchess of Cambridge studied maths to A-level, William hasn’t pursued the subject since his GCSEs at Eton.
Royal expert Victoria Arbiter said the couple saw lockdown as ‘a rare gift’ because royal children are usually ‘unavoidably denied the privilege of prolonged time with their parents’.
She commented that the combination of Kate’s focus on early years education and the Middleton’s ‘nurturing presence’, alongside Prince William’s focus on mental well being and the Windsor traditions, would lead the Cambridge children ‘to be the most well-adjusted generation the royals have ever known’.
Catherine Elizabeth Middleton was born to Carole and Michael Middleton at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on January 9, 1982.
She was christened at the parish church of St Andrew’s Bradfield in Berkshire on June 20, 1982.
Amman in Jordan was home to Kate and her family for a few years in the mid 1980s, where she attended a nursery school from the age of three, before returning to Berkshire.
At the age of 13, she went to the exclusive, private Marlborough College in Wiltshire, where she part-boarded.
She graduated in 2005 with a 2:1 in history of art from St Andrews University, where she met and began dating William, whom she married at Westminster Abbey in 2011.
She was dubbed ‘Waity Katie’ for her patience during their long courtship, and was described by William in their engagement interview as having ‘a really naughty sense of humour’.
Prince William revealed his patience was tested while homeschooling his children in the first lockdown, and that he struggled to teach Year 2 maths. He is pictured, right, in September 2019 with Princess Charlotte (left), Kate (second left) and Prince George (second right) as the royal children attended their first day of school for the year
Kate – now an HRH and a future Queen consort – is patron of 19 charities and organisations, and has focused her charity work on helping children have the best possible start in life, particularly surrounding their mental health.
Last year, the Duchess of Cambridge kickstarted her birthday celebrations by hosting friends at Amner Hall and joining the Queen at church service, People magazine reported.
Kate Middleton joined Her Majesty at St Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham on Sunday, but not before hosting friends at her country home.
‘The royal mother-of-three and Prince William are hosting some of their closest friends at their country home at Anmer Hall in Norfolk this weekend as they mark Kate’s 38th birthday, which is on Thursday,’ reported People magazine.
They went on to explain how the royal couple traditionally set aside a weekend to entertain their friends for a few days of shooting and other country pursuits.
The year before, the royal celebrated her 37th birthday with a family tea party at Kensington Palace, it was reported.
Kate was said to have wanted to keep the festivities low-key, opting for just a small gathering with her children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four and Prince Louis, one.