Kate at 30 ... the Duchess by the numbers
Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the Christmas Day service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate. Kate turns 30 on Jan. 9. Her husband will be hitting the mark on June 21 this year. (Reuters)
That big biological clock strikes '30' for Kate Middleton on Monday (Jan. 9), leaving a majority of royal watchers wondering when she and Prince William will get serious about starting that long-awaited family.
Finding a convenient time seems out of the question. William heads to the Falklands within the next month for a six-week tour; there's a royal tour of Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, plus an expected increase in local royal engagements for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Never mind keeping on top of the renovations for their new home in Kensington Palace.
Who's got time for a baby?
Still, we can likely expect that answer sometime in 2012. (Heck, Princess Diana was just 20 when she gave birth to William.)
In the meantime, there's a birthday to celebrate, and the Duchess of Cambridge's final goodbye to her 20s is reportedly being planned by those big-bash relatives -- her sister Pippa and Prince Harry. But a St James's Palace spokesman said: "Whatever is planned will be low-key and private."
Whatever, she will have to work the party around some other weekend plans, which include attending the movie debut of Stephen Spielberg's "War Horse" on Sunday, followed by a charity dinner.
There are several rumours floating around about gifts. One is that William is commissioning an oil portrait of her. Another has the Queen giving her a tiara from the royal collection.
Haven't thought of a gift yet? Fear not. Perhaps some inspiration may be found in our 30 Must-Know Facts About Kate Middleton:
1 Full title since marriage to William: Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus.
2 Lauded for her fashion sense, her first and only fashion job was as a junior buyer for the high street chain Jigsaw.
4 If and when Kate becomes Queen, she will be the first one with university degree.
5 Lived in Amman, Jordan, for two and a half years (1982-4) when her father worked for British Airways (right photo).
6 Coincidence No. 1: Kate’s middle name is Elizabeth, the same as her grandma-in-law.
8 Kate was a Brownie. (1st St. Andrew’s troop).
9 The couple’s common ancestor is Sir Thomas Leighton from the 16th century. So they are actually 12th cousins.
10 At 29 years, three months, Kate is the oldest first-time royal bride.
11 Kate’s nickname at school was “princess in waiting” (even before she met William).
12 Kate was the record holder in high jump for her age group at St. Andrew’s prep school.
13 In 1993, age 11, Kate was named best all-round sportswoman at St. Andrew’s.
14 She took up clay pigeon shooting while a teen student at Marlborough College in Wiltshire.
15 Before university, she took a year off to study at the British Institute in Florence and at the Raleigh International program in Chile.
17 She acted in the play “Murder in the Red Barn” at St. Andrew’s in 1995. Her leading man played a prince named William.
18 Kate scored a 2 out of 10 from a schoolboy beauty ranking when she was 13.
19 She was the first in her family to reach university.
20 Kate and William roomed with two other students at St. Andrews in an apartment at 13A Hope Street.
21 At St. Andrews, Kate played field hockey on the university team.
22 The Duchess had 34 official royal engagements in 2011 since the wedding, including 19 overseas, according to figures published in the London Times. Still has a ways to go to match the Queen, who attended 370 engagements.
23 During her long courtship with William, Kate was dubbed ‘Waitie Katie’ by the press.
24 She and William were both made honourary members of the Canadian Rangers (right) during their trip to the Northwest Territories. The Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Forces Reserve and patrol the more isolated areas of the country, including the north.
25 Also born on Jan. 9: Richard Nixon (1913, former president, d. 1994), Joan Baez (1941, folk singer), Jimmy Page (1944, Led Zepplin), Bart Starr (1934, Green Bay Packers), Bob Denver (1935, Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island, d. 2005)
26 Favourite song of the couple, played at their wedding reception, is “I Like The Way You Move” by the Bodyrockers.
27 She’s very diet conscious (obviously), but one of her guilty pleasures is sticky toffee pudding.
28 Though we have yet to see her consume alcohol publically, her favourite drink is a crack baby: vodka, champagne and passion fruit juice.
29 We’ve all seen what Kate wears clothes-wise, but what’s her perfume? On her wedding day, it was White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum ($170 for 100 ml).
30 Her pet name for William: “Big Willie.” And he has been known to utter “Babykins” at her.