SHE may be a duchess but Kate Middleton is planning a low-key birthday bash when she celebrates her 30th birthday on Monday.
Those hoping for an impossibly glamorous celebrity party will be disappointed by a statement from the palace saying Kate will celebrate her 30th birthday with a "low-key and private" event.
She reaches the milestone after a momentous year that has seen her marry royalty, embark on her first official overseas tour and take on several patronages.
There had been reports that Prince Harry was planning a big bash for his sister-in-law.
But a St James's Palace spokesman gave a brief statement saying: "Whatever is planned will be low-key and private."
It is thought Kate will spend her birthday with William and close family and friends.
Turning 30 will cap a life-changing 12 months for the new royal, who married her fiance on April 29 last year in a glittering Westminster Abbey ceremony in front of a television audience of billions.
Earlier this week it was announced the duchess had agreed to support four organisations, two as patron -- Action on Addiction and the National Portrait Gallery -- and East Anglia's Children's Hospices and The Art Room as royal patron.