Kate-Middleton-Order-of-garter-250px-ncKate Middleton turns 27 today, January 9, 2009. 

Prince William’s long-time girlfriend has been busy with her job at her parents’ party supplies company. She does manage to find time to relax with her man, in between Prince William’s commitments to various charities and his military career. The couple recently returned from Scotland after spending the New Year break at Birkhall with Prince Charles and Camilla.

Though there were rumors earlier this week that a birthday bash was being planned at Birkhall, there is no truly concrete news about how Kate will celebrate her birthday this year. Maybe she will celebrate it quietly as she did last year. It seems that at this time every year, speculations heat up over an engagement announcement. If the bookies are to be believed, the possibility of that happening this year are bigger than ever before.

Regardless of whether she will become a princess soon (or later), Merry Royals is sending Kate all the best and warmest wishes for a very very happy birthday!

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