Unfortunately, Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday was quieter than a duchess probably deserves. Per People, Kate reportedly held her festivities in a private setting, given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the U.K. Kensington Palace, however, didn’t let the duchess’ birthday pass without releasing three commemorative portraits of Kate just for the occasion, a few days ahead.
The Duchess of Cambridge was showered with a wealth of birthday greetings from an assortment of family members. On Instagram, the royal family’s official account posted a carousel of photos of Kate at various public events alongside Queen Elizabeth, husband Prince William, and stepmother-in-law Camilla Parker-Bowles. “Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!” the account captioned. As for Camilla and husband Prince Charles, they shared through their Clarence House Instagram account a trio of images of the three together.
Fans were equally enthusiastic about the occasion, with one commenting on the Clarence House post, “She truly is a wonderful little ray of sunshine in your amazing family! She has proven to be an overall amazing, inspiring and humble woman with an enormous heart filled with Love and compassion!!!!” We couldn’t agree more.