Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is turning 37 today. She will commemorate her special day with a low-key get-together, which the royal tends to prefer over large parties. Her husband, Prince William, was visiting the Royal London Hospital as the patron of the air ambulance’s anniversary campaign earlier in the day but was expected to join the Duchess and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis at Kensington Palace for a family celebration.
At the hospital, the Prince accepted a birthday card for his wife and acknowledged that despite being apart for a few hours, he hadn’t forgotten her birthday. Kensington Palace posted a message on Instagram thanking all the well-wishers. "Thank you everyone for all your lovely messages on The Duchess of Cambridge’s birthday!"
Prince William arrived at the hospital in a London Air Ambulance charity helicopter. He had worked as an air ambulance pilot for two years in East Anglia. His work with the charity is intended to “champion those working on the frontline, and highlight the importance of the London Air Ambulance’s rapid response to incidents, and cutting-edge medical care,” according to his office.
William didn’t forget Kate’s 37th birthday today! pic.twitter.com/qt6kVRQp4J— Rebecca English (@RE_DailyMail) January 9, 2019
In her younger days, Middleton could be seen celebrating her birthday at restaurants and clubs in London. In 2007, when she turned 25, she was photographed dropping by her Chelsea apartment after work and then going out. A year later, Middleton was seen leaving Kitts nightclub with her sister Pippa Middleton. It was reported that earlier in the evening the sisters had joined their family for dinner at Tom Aikens' restaurant in Chelsea. In 2009, William surprised his then-future wife with "a romantic candle-lit supper in a remote log cabin on the Balmoral estate in Scotland."
Once she wed, Middleton left behind the club life and began celebrating her birthday privately. "[She] had a quiet gathering with family and friends on Monday evening," a palace aide said when the Duchess turned 30. "The dinner was held within private quarters at one of the properties situated by their home at Kensington Palace."
A year later, Middleton, who was then-pregnant with Prince George, attended a Cirque de Soleil show at the Royal Albert Hall with Prince William, her parents, her brother James, and her sister Pippa. Last year, she reportedly spent her birthday "privately with William and the children [Prince George and Princess Charlotte]. It's just a quiet celebration at home. No big party."
The Royals, who often have several commitments on the same day, find time to balance work and fun. In November, Prince William and his wife stopped by a Centrepoint charity event just hours before attending Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace. Centrepoint, which provides housing and support for homeless people in London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East, works to give young people a future and end youth homelessness.