Oh, what a year she has had! Not only did Kate Middleton (ahem, the Duchess of Cambridge) tie the knot with Prince William less than a year ago, but also she can now add another milestone to her list: turning 30!
OK! NEWS: DUCHESS KATE SELECTS FAVORITE CHARITIES After attending the film premiere for War Horse and dazzling the red carpet yet again, Kate celebrated turning the big three-oh in private. As she becomes increasingly more comfortable in the public eye, as pointed out by the Associated Press, palace officials said her birthday celebration was essentially a "low-key and private" affair. Robert Johnson, author of William and Kate: The Love Story, dished, "She's done very well, playing a very good supporting role to Prince William and contemplating him as part of a team." He added, "We've not seen much of her, but when she's in public, she has performed with aplomb." OK! GALLERY: PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON ATTEND CHARITY EVENT IN LONDON As she comes into her own as the future queen by recently announcing the charities she supports, it sounds like she'll step into the spotlight even more with the Queen's Jubilee, a milestone celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne, in early June. Happy birthday, Kate!