The Princess of Wales‘s mother, Carole Middleton, celebrates a special occasion this week, as she turns 68 on Tuesday 31 January.
The businesswoman revealed her birthday plans for this year, writing in her Party Pieces newsletter: “Is it just me or has January flown by? Which means it is nearly my birthday. I often go away on holiday for my birthday, but this year I am bringing the sunshine to me by throwing a party featuring lots of bright and bold colours.
“If you’ve got a birthday coming up soon, take a look at my edit for inspiration.”
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In 2019, Carole celebrated her 64th birthday with a family party at her youngest daughter Pippa Middleton‘s London home.
The then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the bash, and Kate looked lovely in a red floaty off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress that was previously seen on her tour of Poland and Germany in 2017.
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Michael and Carole have also joined William, Kate and the Queen in Sandringham over the years.
The couple are grandparents to William and Kate’s three children George, Charlotte and Louis, as well as Pippa and James Matthews’ little ones, Arthur, Grace and Rose.
Carole and Michael regularly babysit their royal grandchildren when William and Kate are carrying out engagements or are away on tour.
Take a look at some of Carole and Kate’s sweetest mother-daughter moments over the years…
King’s Cup regatta 2019
Carole was on hand to look after George, Charlotte and Louis as William and Kate took part in a sailing competition on the Isle of Wight.
The Duchess and her daughter were spotted making funny faces at Kate’s father Michael in the crowd, as an amused Carole looked on.
Christmas concert, December 2021
Mum Carole showed her support for her daughter as she and husband Michael, and their two youngest children, Pippa and James, attended Kate’s Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey in December 2021. Photographers captured this moment of the Duchess looking over at her family as they proudly watched.
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Royal Ascot 2017
Mother and daughter looked lovely as they attended Royal Ascot together in June 2017. Kate wore a white lace dress by Alexander McQueen, while Carole looked chic in a dove blue outfit with a matching hat.
Christmas Day 2016
William and Kate joined the Middletons in Bucklebury for Christmas, attending the church service with their two eldest children Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Carole beamed proudly as her toddling granddaughter made her way down the steps, holding her mum’s hand and a candy cane.
Royal wedding 2011
Carole and Michael proudly joined the royals on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after William and Kate’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in April 2011.
The night before the royal wedding 2011
The royal bride-to-be stayed at the luxury Goring Hotel the night before her wedding. Kate, Carole and Pippa smiled and waved at the huge crowd that had gathered to greet them, as they made their way inside.
Prince William’s passing-out parade 2006
Kate and her parents attended the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst Military Academy to watch William’s passing-out parade in 2006. Mother and daughter looked very chic in their coats and hats.
The Spirit Of Christmas Shopping Festival 2005
Carole and Kate had a girls’ day out while Christmas shopping in London in 2005. Prince William and his then girlfriend had just graduated from the University of St Andrews.
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