Kate Middleton is expected to scale back plans for her 40th birthday to celebrate with "just family and close friends" instead of a big party due to Covid fears.
The 39-year-old already had a quiet family Christmas at their Norfolk home, Anmer Hall, instead of the traditional Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family after the Queen cancelled plans due to the Omicron variant.
But now, the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to do the same for her birthday on Sunday, January 9 for a second year affected by the pandemic.
Last year Kate spent her birthday in lockdown with her husband William, 39, and their three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Prince William reportedly hosted a tea party for the family at their country home on the Sandringham estate.
This year any celebrations are expected to be "low-key", with the Duchess reportedly not wanting anything flashy for the milestone birthday.
Kensington Palace is expected to release a new photo of the mum-of-three to mark the occasion.
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A source told the Mail on Sunday: "There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the Duchess. She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but particularly given the current climate anything is likely to be scaled down."
The news comes after a royal expert has claimed that Kate's "deliberately modest" 40th celebrations are to prevent her from being compared with Meghan Markle’s VIP bash.
Royal expert Duncan Larcombe believes Kate will have "no fuss" around the milestone and she continues to keep "emphasis firmly on her family".
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Speaking to OK! he said: "The first picture of the two of them kissing was taken when Kate was celebrating her birthday quietly with William at Klosters ski resort in Switzerland.
"But that was then, and it’s just not Kate’s style to want to throw a lavish party for friends and family. I can’t see her going on any VIP trips to posh West End restaurants either."
Buckingham Palace has been contacted by the Daily Star for comment.
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