Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has been planning her husband's 30th birthday party for weeks, now, and the plans keep changing, right down to the last minute. Or at least, the public descriptions do. Duchess Catherine originally hoped to hold a dinner party at her own, special rented home in Anglesey, northern Wales. But Prince William, reports US magazine, is working this week, on a training mission in Glouchestershire. The nearest family estate is Highgrove, belonging to Prince Charles, William's father. So that is where the dinner will be. Score one for the in-laws.
The bash will be festive, but also small and private, with just a select group of family and friends. Obviously his father and stepmother, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, will be there, since Highgrove is their home. Likely Prince Harry and Kate Middleton's parents, too. Pippa? Friend Guy Pelly has been mentioned. No more complete list has been announced.
The low-key nature of the party is in keeping with the sort of person Prince William is. Reportedly, he did not want a huge celebration, at a time when British subjects are hurting, financially. And because he prefers his occasions small and intimate. Sources say his idea of a perfect evening is when Kate Middleton cooks, and they watch movies on the couch. He sometimes brings her flowers or other gifts he bought on the way home.
Just the simple life, really, for the second in line to the throne. Probably his own birthday wish is that life stay that way, for as long as possible.