Kate Middleton reached a big milestone: Today is her 40th birthday! We may have expected (okay, hoped for) a big party with lots of pictures, but that’s not the way the Duchess of Cambridge wants to celebrate. It would be a little out of character – she’s never been the flashy type.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl revealed to Entertainment Tonight that the Duchess is having a lowkey celebration with a close-knit group. “I think we are going to see the Duchess celebrate her 40th — it is a milestone birthday, it’s an important birthday,” Nicholl explained earlier this week. “I think there will be a celebration, but I think it will be a celebration for family and for close friends.
“There was talk of a big party which has apparently been downscaled because of Covid and because of the restrictions. But I suspect that Kate is probably happier having something a little bit more low-key. She had a big 21st birthday but I think that was the last big birthday that she really, really celebrated.”
Ultimately, the decision is up to the Duchess. We’re just happy to know that she’s enjoying her day with her favorite people! And while she does so, we’ll celebrate with a little nostalgia. Check out these gorgeous pictures of Kate Middleton from over the years.
2005: Kate Middleton’s Graduation
Long before Kate Middleton and Prince William got engaged, the royal couple met at the University of St. Andrews. Here is Kate attending her graduation ceremony on June 23, 2005 in St. Andrews, Scotland.
2010: First Public Appearance With Prince William
Recognize this photo? This was Kate Middleton and Prince William’s first public appearance together on December 18, 2010! They were attending the Teenage Cancer Trust charity gala, having announced their engagement a month prior. Kate was 28, and Prince William was 27.
2015: Attending Christmas Service With the Family
We love a beautiful royal hat, and Kate Middleton’s emerald green hat from 2015 does not disappoint. The Duchess wore it and the matching green coat (which promptly sold out as soon as fans found it online) to a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King’s Lynn, England.
2020: The BAFTA Awards
Just before the pandemic hit in March 2020, the Duchess stunned crowds in a gold and white Alexander McQueen gown at the BAFTA Film Awards on February 2, 2020 in London. Abiding by the awards show request (that all attendees rewear a gown in a nod toward environmentalism), the Duchess chose this one, which she previously wore during a royal tour of Singapore, Malaysia, and the Solomon Islands in 2012.
It’s tremendously fun looking through pictures of the Duchess to see how she and her style have changed over the years. Happy birthday, Kate!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.