Kate Middleton shuns 30th birthday party for “low key” celebration

Royal occasion: Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, will mark her 30th in a
Royal occasion: Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge, will mark her 30th in a©Tim Rooke/Rex Features

Kate Middleton might be marking the big 3-0 this Monday but the Duchess of Cambridge has decided to celebrate it in a low key style rather than make a song and dance of her birthday.

The duchess could have her pick of esteemed guests – both royalty and celebrities – at a huge party to mark her 30th, but according to St James’ Palace, has decided instead to keep the fuss to a minimum.

A spokesperson for the palace gave a brief statement which read: “Whatever is planned will be low-key and private.”

The comment comes days after stories circulated that Kate’s little sister Pippa, 28, and brother-in-law Prince Harry had spent the last few months planning a fun-filled 80s-themed party for the duchess.

Sources said the dynamic duo had lined up music, karaoke and cocktails all tied to the decade in which Kate was born, in order to give her a night she’d never forget.

A ‘royal source’ was quoted in Grazia magazine saying: “In many ways, this is going to be Kate's last chance to let go like she did back in the old days when she and William first met.

“The party has been months in the planning. Pippa and Harry have been in the thick of it, and have recruited a bunch of friends to help.”

The insider added: “The guests have been sent ‘save the date’ cards, and told that it will probably be in London.”

However, news that Prince William is set to be on duty with the RAF next week might have caused the couple to change their plans.

According to insiders, Kate has simply asked close family and friends to donate to charity rather than buy her presents – but apparently William is planning to commission a special oil portrait of his wife to celebrate her first year as an official royal.

The Queen is also rumoured to be planning to give Kate one of the tiaras from her collection.

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