The Duchess of Cambridge turned 39 years old on Saturday. It’s a tough birthday! Not as tough as 40, but pretty tough. 40 is when you stop counting altogether. To celebrate, Kensington Palace posted this photo of Kate from December, taken during the Cambridges’ Covid Choo Choo Tour. They did wear masks for some of their stops, and I feel like it’s notable that Kate chose a photo where she’s masked. Perhaps she is aware of the completely terrible optics of that tour, especially now that the UK is under yet another lockdown. Short-sighted a–holes, thy name is Keen. In addition to posting this photo, Kensington Palace organized Kate’s hagiographer Katie Nicholls to write a lil’ something in Vanity Fair. Enjoy:
Kate’s birthday was a low key celebration. According to friends, Kate will be enjoying a weekend of celebrations with her husband and children to mark the special day, but with the United Kingdom remaining in lockdown, she won’t get to see her parents Carole and Michael Middleton. Not one for extravagant parties, a quiet birthday tea and home baked cake will be the perfect way for Kate to celebrate her birthday. Said a friend, “Catherine isn’t one for lots of fuss or big parties—being with William and the children is her favorite way of spending her birthday.”
Birthday gifts: Presents and birthday mail have been redirected to Anmer Hall, where the family has been living since the start of the Christmas holidays. William is also said to have lined up a number of surprises, including family video calls. Kate usually spends her birthday at Anmer and often with her parents, but as coronavirus cases in the U.K. surge, Kate won’t see them this year.
Kate is looking forward to resuming work with the Early Years campaign. “Kate will want to get straight back to work, which won’t be easy with the little ones at home, but she has shown how important her work is to her,” said royal author Ingrid Seward. “It’s not just shaking hands, she’s got to the root of the Early Years campaign and she’s going to be doing much more in this area.”
The Cambridges are, as ever, very keen. “2020 was a big year for William and Kate,” Seward added. “They emerged from it more popular than ever, but it was also important for them as a private couple. With such busy diaries, they don’t actually get much time together and this has been an exceptional year. The lockdown has meant they’ve had more time together and this has brought them closer together. The lockdown has been challenging at times but for Kate it’s given her the gift of more time with her husband. When you look at them as a couple they look really happy together. You can see Kate’s happy. Everything she does, she does with a smile and that’s not something you can fake.”
Back to virtual events: Royal aides say the couple will be resuming their virtual work, and that while traditional engagements and overseas tours remain on hold, there is plenty of work going on behind the scenes. “It will be back to mostly virtual events for the next couple of months,” confirmed a palace source. Added Seward, “They will be visible, they have to be and there’s a lot to do. They’ll be relied upon to lift the nation’s spirits and Kate and William have proved they are very good at doing that.”
I grew slightly alarmed at those Ingrid Seward quotes, they read like she had a stroke in the middle of kissing their royal arses. “With such busy diaries, they don’t actually get much time together and this has been an exceptional year. The lockdown has meant they’ve had more time together and this has brought them closer together.” I suppose some people buy that, but lord, at this point, the jig is up, right? They’ve NEVER had busy diaries. Ever. And yet, the one thing that’s true is that they don’t spend much time together. William is always busy with other things… manly things, like talking about football, or working on his car collection. Or making time to trim rose bushes.
Also: this served as a reminder that because of the lockdown, Kate doesn’t have to pretend to have anything new to “launch” with Early Years. LMAO. Super-convenient. And whenever lockdown is lifted, her excuse will be that she needs another two years of private meetings and busy-work “studies” before she does anything. Last thing: “Everything she does, she does with a smile and that’s not something you can fake.” OH MY GOD.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, WENN, Backgrid.