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Kate Middleton celebrated her 40th birthday in January but despite being the future Queen, she missed out on a major royal birthday tradition due to “financial challenges”.
Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday saw royal fans delighted with the release of three special new photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. For one of these rare pictures, Kate Middleton channelled Queen Victoria and the Queen and following her birthday, she made a really personal gesture to fans as she thanked them for their well wishes. Though it’s not known exactly how Kate might have celebrated with Prince William and their three children, recent reports have suggested her birthday would be kept “low key”.
And this was certainly the case when it came to one major royal tradition which the Duchess sadly missed out on this year. Not only that, but it’s understood that she will never again get to experience this royal birthday custom, despite other members of The Firm getting to.
Last year Hello! magazine reported that a spokesperson for Westminster Abbey, where Kate Middleton and Prince William married, said that due to “financial challenges” the bells would no longer be rung on the birthdays of all senior royals. The exceptions are, as some might’ve expected, the Queen herself and Prince Charles, who is first in line to the throne.
The spokesperson explained, “The Abbey bells can be heard ringing out before services and in celebration of church festivals. The bells have also traditionally been rung to mark the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family.”
They went on to reveal the reasoning behind this, disclosing, “Due to the financial challenges posed to the Abbey by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now ring only for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.”
Prior to this all four of the Queen’s children would’ve received this honour on their birthdays. As would Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and also Duchess Camilla. Sadly for the Duchess of Cambridge this major change was announced many months before her recent 40th birthday, meaning she missed out on the bells being rung.
Whilst Kate Middleton might not receive this royal birthday tradition for the foreseeable future, things could of course change again when she goes on to become Queen in the years to come.
Either way, Kate Middleton likely had a wonderful 40th birthday with her loved ones this year!