Kate Middleton rang in her 37th birthday on Wednesday, but she actually started the celebrations early. The Duchess of Cambridge had a small gathering last Sunday with family and friends at Anmer Hall-her and Prince William's country home in Norfolk, England-according to the podcast, On Heir, hosted by royal correspondents Emily Andrews and Omid Scobie.
Some of the guests at the duchess' casual get-together included James and Laura Meade (godfather to Princess Charlotte and godmother to Prince Louis, respectively), Kate's friend from school, Emilia Jardine Patterson (godmother to Prince George), and her husband, David, the podcasters discussed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also spotted attending church service in Norfolk together on Sunday, but have since returned to London, as Prince George and Princess Charlotte have resumed school after the holiday break.
On Kate's actual birthday, Prince William spent part of the day away at an engagement for Air Ambulance London, but Andrews and Scobie shot down tabloid reports that the duchess was "left by herself" on her big day.
"By the time she was back from the school run, so was her husband," Scobie said in the episode. (The Duchess of Cambridge is often said to drop off and pick up her children from school.) William had also teased during his engagement that he might've had something special prepared for his wife.
Andrews mentioned that Prince George could've also gotten a treat on Wednesday, as his father, a former air ambulance pilot, flew a helicopter from Kensington Palace to Royal London Hospital for his work event.
"Probably, if they managed to time it right, George would've absolutely adored seeing his dad take off piloting a helicopter, because we know that George loves helicopters," she said.
The little prince's reaction "would've been a great birthday present for Kate," Andrews said. "She would've been with all her family and her eldest son delighted."
Kate is also slated to return to royal duties next week, when she visits King Henry's Walk Community Garden in Islington, London next Tuesday. She'll meet with volunteers "to hear how the project brings people together through gardening and food growing," Kensington Palace announced.
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