Quiet birthday for Kate Middleton as she turns 30

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On top of such duties, the duchess also has a busy year ahead with the queen’s jubilee, a major celebration of the monarch’s 60 years on the throne that will take see numerous celebrations throughout Britain and the Commonwealth, peaking in a major celebration in London in early June.

The royals are expected to play a supporting role by traveling overseas to represent the queen. William and Kate are due to journey to Malaysia, Singapore, the Solomon Islands and the tiny Pacific island of Tuvalu as part of the festivities.

The queen and her husband will avoid overseas travel because their advanced years make such trips challenging. The queen’s husband, Prince Philip, recently spent time in hospital with a heart problem.

William and his wife have also indicated that they intend to take up residence at an apartment in London’s Kensington Palace once his military commitment at an air base in Wales has been met. That will give the likely future king and queen even more visibility in the capital.

Inevitably, much of the speculation about the duchess’s future has centered on royal lineage _ Is she going to start a family soon? That, however, is anyone’s guess, and despite incessant tabloid baby chatter, there doesn’t yet appear to be great pressure on the newlyweds to produce an heir.

“It’s early days yet, and they’re both getting used to their roles,” said Jobson, adding that the presence of other young members of the royal household, such as Prince Harry, helps to ease the pressure on William and Kate.

Many of the more senior women in the royal family were mothers in their 20s, but times and expectations have changed _ both inside and outside the royal household. By the age of 30, the queen had given birth to two of her four children. Her daughter, Princess Anne, married at 23 and had her first child, Peter Phillips, four years later. Diana also married early and gave birth to William, her first child, at 21.

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