How the Duchess of Cambridge celebrated her birthday

The fanfare surrounding the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday may have been huge – not many of us get three photographs of our faces hung in the National Portrait Gallery to mark a big birthday – but the celebrations themselves were low key.

According to The Times, Kate celebrated with a small gathering of friends and family at the Cambridges’ home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. Friends told The Sunday Times the Duchess ‘is not going to be the one was lets loose, and won’t pull the pin and get lashed’, although she loves dressing up for cocktails and dinner, and enjoys after-dinner games.

Kate is expected to host a joint party with her husband at Anmer Hall in June, when Prince William will also enter his forties.

Although it is rare for either of the Cambridges to write their own social media posts, Kate tweeted from the @KensingtonRoyal Twitter account saying ‘thank you for all your very kind birthday wishes’. She also thanked fashion photographer Paolo Roversi for the birthday portraits, signing the tweet ‘C’.

Roversi himself has said that photographing the Duchess of Cambridge was a ‘moment of pure joy’.

‘I was moved by her warmth and friendly welcome and enchanted by her shining eyes that reflected the loveliness of her soul and her smile showing the generosity of her heart,’ he said.

‘It was a profound and rich experience for me, an unforgettable moment. I have met a wonderful person, a person who, with her positive energy, can bring hope to the whole world.’

The portraits feature some dazzling jewellery, including diamond earrings borrowed from the Queen’s collection. In the two black and white shots Kate wears Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings. Her engagement ring, also previously belonging to Diana, is prominent in a side-on portrait.

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