Queen hosts as Kate Middleton and Prince William throw joint birthday celebration ‘in style’
The Duke of Cambridge has been given the green light to throw the party at the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle or Sandringham Estate later this summer
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Prince William is set to host a joint 40th birthday celebration with his wife Kate after their own party plans were canceled due to rising Covid rates.
The Duke of Cambridge has been given the green light to throw the party at the Queen’s home at Windsor Castle or Sandringham Estate later this summer after agreeing that the couple should “celebrate their milestone birthdays in style,” royal sources have revealed .
The future king turns 40 tomorrow – Tuesday.
Joining senior royals including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen can attend William and Kate’s party, in keeping with royal tradition of celebrating decades-long milestones for senior family members.
However, the 96-year-old monarch, who has been suffering from increasing mobility problems in recent months, will not confirm this until the day of the party, a palace source confirmed.
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In the past, the lavish parties were put together to celebrate several family members together.
One of these extravagant royal parties was held at Windsor Castle in June 2000 to celebrate Prince Andrew’s 40th birthday, Princess Anne’s 50th, Princess Margaret’s 70th and Prince William’s 18th.
In a royal first, William will not mark his birthday by raising Union flags on government buildings to mark the birthdays of senior royals after Prince Andrew was banished from royal duties following his involvement in a sex abuse scandal.
It emerged today that the Queen and Prince of Wales will now be the only royals whose birthdays will be celebrated in this way.
Andrew has been removed from the list on the government website, but so have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Princess Royal.
Royal sources said the decision was made to spare Andrew any embarrassment after he was forced to pay £12million to settle a civil US sexual assault case in February.
The Duke of York, 62, has been ousted from public life over his friendship with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Guidelines on the set days when the Union flag must be flown on UK government buildings appear to have changed on February 11 this year.
This was just four days before Andrew reached his out-of-court settlement with his accuser Virginia Giuffre, a month after the Queen stripped him of his military patronage and he gave up his HRH style, and a week before his 62nd birthday.
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His 60th birthday in 2020 sparked a storm of controversy after councilors sent notes from the private secretary to the permanent secretary of the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government reminding them to fly the flag in his honour.
The government later said this was not necessary.
Kensington Palace said of the Cambridges’ joint birthday party: “We do not comment on private plans.”
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