Tomorrow morning (or right now, if you’re following along from Australia or New Zealand) WWKD readers will raise a glass to the Duchess of Cambridge as she turns 34. Birthdays become a murkier situation with age: some still like to let down their hair and celebrate, some dread the ever-increasing number, and, at least in my experience, many just plumb don’t have the time or energy to put on a big do every single year. To be sure, Catherine has long since left behind the late-night (early-morning) parties at Mahiki and the buckets of Crack Baby Champagne cocktails. So as we toast Kate on her special day (perhaps with a lighter version of her favourite drink), let’s look at how Her Royal Highness may be celebrating this weekend (and how you can celebrate like Kate on your special day).
Celebrate YOUR Way
The Duchess of Cambridge has made no secret of the fact that family is her Number One priority and that she values serenity far above celebrity. So don’t be surprised if she spends a cozy day at Anmer Hall surrounded by William, George and Charlotte. I expect that Catherine would be more than satisfied with an outdoor romp with George, a snuggle with Charlotte, and a quiet movie at home with William to mark the day. When you’re busy with work and raising a family, putting your feet up can be much more enjoyable than partying all night!
Enjoy the Spoils
As someone with six years of parenting under my belt, I can attest to the fact that the gifts one garners on a birthday change over time, too. One of my most recent – and most cherished – treasures is a handwritten note from my kindergartener that reads “I Luf You” (obviously spelled phonetically). I wonder if George made a card for Mummy in his first days this week at Westacre Montessori School? (Or perhaps Prince William will make another addition to Catherine’s Kiki McDonough collection? I’m personally rooting for this special edition bracelet featured on Kiki McDonough’s Instagram yesterday!) The treasures may change, but since Kate clearly cares for substance over sparkle, I don’t doubt that whatever she unwraps for her birthday will be cherished.
The beginning of a New Year is always an apropos time to reflect and make new resolutions. Many use January 1st as the New Year marker, while others prefer to use their birthday to mark the beginning of a new year. Either way, this is the perfect time for Catherine to contemplate her goals for the next twelve months. Kate has shown us that, if she does plan on making changes in the coming year, they will be small, natural extensions of what already works for her (be it in hemline length or patronage involvement) rather than radical changes. We can also expect that we won’t hear a peep about it. The Duchess isn’t a shout-from-the-rooftops Royal, but rather a show-not-tell, quiet action heroine.
We at What Would Kate Do? wish Her Royal Highness the happiest of birthdays! We also dearly hope the Duchess inspires you to make your next birthday your best yet!