The royal family have wished the Duchess of Cambridge a happy birthday on their social media accounts – highlighting the strong bond Kate Middleton shares with the Queen and Prince Charles in a series of touching photographs.  

The birthday posts to mark the Duchess of Cambridge celebrating turning 40 today even carried some emojis – with balloons and cake featuring in the messages from on @theroyalfamily and @clarencehouse accounts.  

Images shared on the Royal Family’s Instagram early this morning focused on Kate’s warm relationship with the Queen and senior royals – showing a collection of photos from public engagements over the last decade. 

Two of the three images taken by photographer Paolo Roversi to mark the Duchess’ 40th also made it to the @theroyalfamily’s Instagram stories.

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Close: Buckingham Palace have released sweet pictures of the Queen and Kate Middleton to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's 40th birthday today - alongside a birthday greeting featuring a balloon emoji

Close: Buckingham Palace have released sweet pictures of the Queen and Kate Middleton to mark the Duchess of Cambridge's 40th birthday today - alongside a birthday greeting featuring a balloon emoji

Close: Buckingham Palace have released sweet pictures of the Queen and Kate Middleton to mark the Duchess of Cambridge’s 40th birthday today – alongside a birthday greeting featuring a balloon emoji

 

Clarence House also posted a birthday greeting, highlighting the bond between the Duchess of Cambridge and her father-in-law the Prince of Wales

Clarence House also posted a birthday greeting, highlighting the bond between the Duchess of Cambridge and her father-in-law the Prince of Wales

Clarence House also posted a birthday greeting, highlighting the bond between the Duchess of Cambridge and her father-in-law the Prince of Wales

Kate Middleton's big day also made it to the @theroyalfamily's Instagram stories

Kate Middleton's big day also made it to the @theroyalfamily's Instagram stories

Buckingham Palace shared two of the three images taken by photographer Paolo Roversi to mark the Duchess' 40th

Buckingham Palace shared two of the three images taken by photographer Paolo Roversi to mark the Duchess' 40th

Kate Middleton’s big day also made it to the @theroyalfamily’s Instagram stories – with Buckingham Palace sharing two of the three images taken by photographer Paolo Roversi to mark the Duchess’ 40th 

Over on the Clarence House Instagram account, there were three images offering snapshots of Kate in recent years. 

One sees the Duchess sharing a friendly smile with her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, during last year’s Festival of Remembrance Service at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Another snap, taken at the G7 Summit last year shows Camilla, shows Kate and the Queen smiling, looking over a miniature replica of a model city as the Duchess of Cornwall looks on. 

A third image shared by Clarence House is a close-up portrait of the Duchess smiling directly at the camera.

In the four images shared by the royal family’s Instagram account, Kate is seen beaming by the Queen’s side at several events, including in a photo taken early into Kate Middleton’s marriage to Prince William in 2012. 

Sitting next to the Queen at a fashion show in Leicester, Kate, wearing a stylish all-black ensemble leans towards the monarch, smiling. The Queen, wearing a vibrant pink and black number, listens to her grandson’s wife attentively.

Another picture, also taken during 2012, shows the Queen and the Duchess sporting similar blue outfits and sharing a joke.

Among the other images shared by @theroyalfamily on Instagram was a photo of Kate and the Queen, both wearing blue, and smiling broadly at an event in 2012 in Nottingham

Among the other images shared by @theroyalfamily on Instagram was a photo of Kate and the Queen, both wearing blue, and smiling broadly at an event in 2012 in Nottingham

Among the other images shared by @theroyalfamily on Instagram was a photo of Kate and the Queen, both wearing blue, and smiling broadly at an event in 2012 in Nottingham

Happy days: The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and the Queen at Trooping the Colour in 2016

Happy days: The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and the Queen at Trooping the Colour in 2016

Happy days: The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte, Prince George, Prince William and the Queen at Trooping the Colour in 2016

Kate sharing a joke with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen, while cutting a cake with a ceremonial saber during last year's G7 Summit in Cornwall

Kate sharing a joke with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen, while cutting a cake with a ceremonial saber during last year's G7 Summit in Cornwall

Kate sharing a joke with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen, while cutting a cake with a ceremonial saber during last year’s G7 Summit in Cornwall

Clarence House's social media account shared a glamourous picture of Kate to mark her special day

Clarence House's social media account shared a glamourous picture of Kate to mark her special day

Clarence House’s social media account shared a glamourous picture of Kate to mark her special day 

Another picture showed the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate during this year's G7 Summit

Another picture showed the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate during this year's G7 Summit

Another picture showed the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate during this year’s G7 Summit

In a third picture, taken during Trooping the Colour in 2016, Kate, holding a then two-year-old Princess Charlotte, looks entirely comfortable with the regal occasion, standing next to Prince William and the Queen, who is wearing a vibrant lime green ensemble.

A fourth snap highlights the strong bond uniting the monarch, Kate and the Duchess of Cornwall, with a picture taken at last year’s G7 Summit in Cornwall, showing the Queen cutting a cake with a ceremonial saber.  

Yesterday, the royal family released three stunning pictures of Kate taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. 

The new portraits show sides of the Duchess of Cambridge usually hidden from the public and mark a dramatic departure from images we are more used to seeing of the Duchess in formal poses or surrounded by her family.

A Palace source said: ‘From the three photographs, you can see the three aspects of Kate’s personality.

‘There is the regal side to her – as you can see in the classic shot where she is looking off into the distance; there is the more informal image in the red dress as a modern woman at 40; and then there is the close-up, which offers a more intimate perspective.’

How Kate Middleton will celebrate her big birthday: Duchess of Cambridge is spending her 40th enjoying a small gathering at Anmer Hall in Norfolk – as it’s revealed the bells of Westminster Abbey WON’T ring because of Covid

Today marks a landmark birthday for the Duchess of Cambridge, who turns 40 – but she’ll be enjoying it in the Norfolk countryside, as the ongoing pandemic keeps a bigger bash off the cards. 

The Duchess is reportedly have a more intimate affair with just friends and family at the Cambridges’ home, Amner Hall, due to the ongoing risk from the Omicron variant.   

However, Kate is unlikely to be upset about the smaller celebrations this year, according to a source, who claimed the Duchess is not ‘flashy’.

They said: ‘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.’  

Kensington Palace has released three striking new portraits of Kate to celebrate her landmark birthday, taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens. In the images, she wears dresses by Alexander McQueen

Kensington Palace has released three striking new portraits of Kate to celebrate her landmark birthday, taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens. In the images, she wears dresses by Alexander McQueen

Kensington Palace has released three striking new portraits of Kate to celebrate her landmark birthday, taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens. In the images, she wears dresses by Alexander McQueen

Look regal in red like Kate wearing Alexander McQueen

Well, what a birthday treat the Duchess of Cambridge has given us!

To celebrate her turning the big 4-0, Kensington Palace has released three gorgeous new portraits that have now become our favourite of Kate’s.

In this stunning picture, the Duchess has turned to the British brand that created her unforgettable wedding dress, Alexander McQueen.

It’s beautifully crafted with the signature couture aesthetics you’d expect from McQueen through the extravagant single puff sleeve, pleat detailing and dramatic skirt. To complete the look, she’s wearing earrings from the Queen’s private collection.

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Kate Middleton, who turns 40 today, is reportedly set to mark the occasion with a small party attended by friends and family. She is pictured here with husband Prince William, and their three children Charlotte, Louis, and George

Kate Middleton, who turns 40 today, is reportedly set to mark the occasion with a small party attended by friends and family. She is pictured here with husband Prince William, and their three children Charlotte, Louis, and George

Kate Middleton, who turns 40 today, is reportedly set to mark the occasion with a small party attended by friends and family. She is pictured here with husband Prince William, and their three children Charlotte, Louis, and George

The Cambridge family residence, Anmer Hall in King's Lynn, Norfolk, will reportedly host Kate's birthday bash

The Cambridge family residence, Anmer Hall in King's Lynn, Norfolk, will reportedly host Kate's birthday bash

The Cambridge family residence, Anmer Hall in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will reportedly host Kate’s birthday bash

In addition to the smaller gathering, the Duchess is set to miss out on a royal birthday tradition. 

Birthdays of senior royals used to be marked by the ringing of the bells at Westminster Abbey, but the practice was stopped in April 2020 due to the pandemic, and changes implemented when the bells restarted last September. 

In a bid to save money, the bells will now only ring on the birthdays of the Queen and the Prince of Wales.

After the decision was made, a Westminster Abbey spokesperson told Hello: ‘The Abbey bells can be heard ringing out before services and in celebration of church festivals. 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.’

However, the Duchess’ birthday has been celebrated in style by Kensington Palace, which has released three striking new portraits of Kate, taken by Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi in Kew Gardens.

The images are to be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of which the Duchess – a keen photographer herself – is patron

The images are to be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of which the Duchess – a keen photographer herself – is patron

The images are to be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of which the Duchess – a keen photographer herself – is patron

The black and white images of Kate show the Duchess wearing white gowns by  Alexander McQueen, accessorised with Princess Diana's Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings, and in this shot, she also displays her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring

The black and white images of Kate show the Duchess wearing white gowns by  Alexander McQueen, accessorised with Princess Diana's Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings, and in this shot, she also displays her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring

The black and white images of Kate show the Duchess wearing white gowns by  Alexander McQueen, accessorised with Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings, and in this shot, she also displays her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring

The set features two shots in black and white, and one colour photo. In all the images, Kate wears dresses by Alexander McQueen, the same design house that created her wedding dress in 2011.

The colour photo shows her posing in a one-shoulder red gown, wearing diamond earrings borrowed from the Queen’s private collection. 

In the black and white snaps, she wears white dresses, accessorised with Princess Diana’s Collingwood pearl and diamond earrings. 

Speaking about the images, a Palace source said: ‘From the three photographs, you can see the three aspects of personality.

‘There is the regal side to her – as you can see in the classic shot where she is looking off into the distance; there is the more informal image in the red dress as a modern woman at 40; and then there is the close-up, which offers a more intimate perspective.’ 

The images are to be added to the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of which the Duchess – a keen photographer herself – is patron. 

Source: DailyMail

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