Kate Middleton to miss out on traditional royal honour on her 40th birthday

The bells at Westminster Abbey usually ring to mark the birthdays of senior royals but from now on they will only be chimed for select members of the royal family – and Kate Middleton is one of the first to miss out

Royal birthday celebrations will be a little different in future

Kate Middleton will miss out on a traditional royal birthday honour when she celebrates her 40th birthday.

It is unclear what celebrations Kate has in mind for her landmark birthday or whether she will keep it low key.

This year with her birthday in the middle of the lockdown on January 9 she was forced to have a quiet occasion with just herself William and their three children George, Charlotte and Louis.

William hosted a tea party for the family of five at theirNorfolk country home Anmer Hall where they also spent Christmas.

But one particular honour will be missing next year.

Kate celebrated a quiet 39th birthday at the Cambridge’s Norfolk country home


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The Duchess of Cambridge will not hear the traditional chimes of Westminister Abbey when she celebrates her 40th birthday due to changes rung in to cut costs.

It is normal for the senior royals to hear the bells ringing at the Abbey on their birthdays with the Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla Parker Bowles included among them.

But the bells have not rung at the Abbey since April 2020 due to the pandemic and changes are planned for when they restart in September.

No longer will the bells be rung for the birthdays of Princess Ann, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, or the Duchess of Cornwall and it is the same for the Cambridges and their children, reports Hello magazine.

In future they will only be heard for the Queen and Prince Charles.

“The Abbey bells can be heard ringing out before services and in celebration of church festivals,” a Westminster Abbey representative told Hello.

“The bells have also traditionally been rung to mark the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family. 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.”

In previous years Kate has celebrated her birthday with weekends with close friends in Norfolk.

“Catherine isn’t one for lots of fuss or big parties—being with William and the children is her favourite way of spending her birthday,” a source told Vanity Fair.

Her 40th birthday will come less than a year after Meghan Markle also reached the same milestone.

Meghan celebrated her birthday in California with Prince Harry and their two children Archie and Lilibet.

The Duchess of Sussex hit the headlines for marking the special occasion with a video where she called on well known and successful people to give 40 minutes of their time towards mentoring women looking to return to the work place after the lockdown.

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