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The Palace hasn’t released any details on how Kate Middleton will be celebrating her 38th birthday today, but the press got a photograph of her that reveals where she is. Kate is at home in London. She was shot driving out of Kensington Palace with her son Prince Louis. The Duchess of Cambridge was dressed down in a green jacket.
This is the first glimpse of any royal family member since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced on Instagram yesterday that they are stepping back from their roles as senior royal family members.
But all the family members have broken their social media silence since then to wish Kate a happy birthday today. Kensington Palace shared a new portrait of the Duchess, thanking fans for their well wishes. And as Meghan and Harry typically do, the couple commented on Kensington Palace’s post to share a personal message to Kate. “Wishing a very happy birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge today! 🎂❤️” they wrote from their SussexRoyal Instagram handle.
Meghan and Harry posted their announcement yesterday afternoon in the U.S. They wrote on their Instagram:
After many months of reflection and internal discussions, we have chosen to make a transition this year in starting to carve out a progressive new role within this institution. We intend to step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family and work to become financially independent, while continuing to fully support Her Majesty The Queen. It is with your encouragement, particularly over the last few years, that we feel prepared to make this adjustment. We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages. This geographic balance will enable us to raise our son with an appreciation for the royal tradition into which he was born, while also providing our family with the space to focus on the next chapter, including the launch of our new charitable entity. We look forward to sharing the full details of this exciting next step in due course, as we continue to collaborate with Her Majesty The Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge and all relevant parties. Until then, please accept our deepest thanks for your continued support.