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Kate plans low-key bash to mark 30th birthday

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.

Irish Independent