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Duchess of Cambridge expected to celebrate 40th birthday at Anmer



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The Duchess of Cambridge turns 40 on Sunday and is expected to celebrate it at home in Anmer.

The private event at Anmer Hall with William and her children, George, aged eight, Charlotte, six and Louis, three, comes after she has been praised for helping to establish a new institution to support the early years development of children.

Michael Samuel, chairman of trustees at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, said Kate had shown “passion and compassion” in her role as the organisation’s patron.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge driving to the Christmas Day service at the St Mary Magdalene Church (54140402)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge driving to the Christmas Day service at the St Mary Magdalene Church (54140402)

Based at Kensington Palace, the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood marks the culmination of ten years of work by the duchess into the importance of the formative years of a child’s life.

The institution, launched last summer, stems from research which shows the first five years of childhood fundamentally shape adulthood, with social challenges such as addiction, violence, family breakdown, homelessness and mental health having their roots in the earliest years of life.

The Cambridges spent Christmas at Anmer Hall, even though the Queen elected to stay at Windsor Castle because of Covid concerns, thus missing her usual sojourn at Sandringham.

The Duchess of Cambridge applies hand sanitiser during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. (54140405)
The Duchess of Cambridge applies hand sanitiser during a visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations. PA Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2020. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire. (54140405)

National papers have reported that she still hopes to travel to Sandringham later this month or at the start of February. February 6 is her Accession Day, the day in 1952 when her father George VI died at Sandringham and she became Queen.



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