One thing you all will learn about me very quickly is how much I love The British Royal Family. It started when I was in sixth grade and I read a book about Queen Mary I of England also known as Mary Tudor. I don’t recall the name of the book, but 17 years later I still remember how much I enjoyed reading the interesting story of the infamous Tudor dynasty. Mary Tudor was the only child conceived by Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII. Do you know what her nickname was during her reign as Queen of England? Hint: you may have played this game with your friends as kids to scare each other. Her nickname was “Bloody Mary” in her attempt to restore Catholicism to England and reverse the Protestant Reformation. I could write another four to five paragraphs just on Queen Mary, but the purpose of this post is not to provide a history lesson.
Anyways, after reading this book, I was completely fascinated about all things King Henry VIII and the Tudor Family. It wasn’t until Wills and Kate announced their engagement in November 2010 that the modern day monarchy had me hooked. From their fairytale wedding in April 2011 at Westminster Abbey to the birth of both of their children, I have been following the couple and other members of the Royal Family for six consecutive years.
There is something about Catherine’s style and polished demeanor that make her likable. I also appreciate how Kate has a way of always looking elegant and conservative but not frumpy. which is so easy to do when you’re dressing to meet dignitaries from other countries.
Back to Kate’s birthday, according to Instyle.com Catherine is celebrating her birthday with a low-key evening at home with Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. It should also be noted that Catherine is roughly 5 months pregnant with the couple’s third baby and her due date is this April. Having two small children and pregnant, I am sure a quiet evening at home is just what she wants. To celebrate her 36th birthday, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite photos of her at various events over the years.
Catherine at Trooping The Color in 2016. This was the first time that she wore her hair up for the event. It was also Princess Charlotte’s first time joining the rest of the royals on the balcony.
This was Catherine’s first solo event with the Queen, as William was busy flying planes for his military work. They were in the Queen’s Bentley when this picture was taken. This is by far one of my favorite images of the Duchess.
This images was from William and Catherine’s first royal tour in Canada in 2011 shortly after their wedding. I love how dark her hair is in this image against the white dress and red hat.
And of course The Royal Wedding…how could I not include images from this magical day? I am not sure why, but I absolutely love veils. All of the images of Catherine arriving to the church with her veil gracefully over her face are stunning – it doesn’t help when you have a diamond encrusted tiara on your head either.