Prince William plans 'low-key and private' birthday celebration as he prepares for future role as King'He’ll be spending it in a low-key, private fashion,' say Palace officialsWife Kate rumoured to be planning surprise with club owner Guy Pelly
17:48 GMT, 20 June 2012
More than 300 friends and family were invited to an African-themed birthday bash at Windsor Castle to mark Prince William's 21st. But palace officials have announced that the Duke of Cambridge will be keeping celebrations 'low-key' and 'private' as he turns 30 tomorrow.
It has been rumoured that his wife Kate, who marked the milestone in
January, was planning a party to remember and had enlisted the help of friend and London club owner Guy Pelly.
But it seems it will not be a raucous affair, and only a few of the Duke's close friends will attend what is likely to be a private dinner at his residence in Anglesey, North Wales.
Milestone birthday: Prince William pictured at the helicopter flying school at RAF Shawbury, Shrewsbury
William has been busy on a course
connected with his work as an RAF Search and Rescue Force pilot since
the extended Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, but he will now take time out.
A St James’s Palace spokesperson would
not give any details about how the Duke will celebrate his birthday only
saying 'He’ll be spending it in a low-key, private fashion'.
The Duchess of Cambridge is almost certainly to be behind any events that are planned,
and also has the tricky job of finding a present for her husband.
Prince Harry has often joked that his brother William has become decidedly middle-aged since his wedding to Kate Middleton last year.
The Royal couple are said to prefer
nights in front of the TV watching their favourite DVDs and eating
home-cooked meals at their Anglesey home rather than enjoying a night on
The Duchess of Cambridge is almost certainly to be behind any events that are planned for Williams' birthday
It is thought Prince William will mark his 30th birthday with a private dinner at his residence in Anglesey, North Wales (General shot of Anglesey)
William’s 30th birthday is an important milestone for the royal who could one day be King.
The Duke has matured into a dependable, confident and respected member of the Royal family. As well as a happily married man he is also forging ahead with his RAF
career, and earlier this month it was announced the royal had qualified
as an operational Captain meaning he can now command RAF Sea King helicopters
during rescue missions.
The birthday also comes during the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year which has seen her receive the adulation of
the country during national celebrations.
William and Kate joined the Queen in
Nottingham last week for a tour marking her 60-year reign, a visit which
saw thousands of well-wishers flood into the city.
Although second in line to the throne,
behind his father the Prince of Wales, the Duke will be required to step
up his royal commitments as he plays a more high profile role for the
monarchy as the Queen advances in age.
has already undertaken royal tours in her name and during the past 12 months he has been thrust into the spotlight more than ever before.
When he turned 21 William summed up his personal goals, telling media: 'My guiding principles in life are to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and caring.'
PRINCE WILLIAM: A LIFE IN PICTURES
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born at 9.03pm on June 21 1982 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington in London, weighing 7lb one and a half ounces
Diana fell pregnant with William just a few months after her fairytale wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981.
William was sent to Mrs Mynor's Nursery School in west London aged three, then Wetherby School and Ludgrove School in Berkshire
On August 31 1997 news came Diana's death in a car crash in Paris as she was pursued by paparazzi
After leaving school, William went on a gap year which included jungle training in Belize with the Welsh Guards and a stint with Raleigh International in Chile
William followed Harry into Sandhurst to train as an officer in the Army in 2006, and then joined his sibling's regiment, the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals.
his career in the forces, William decided to transfer his service to the
Royal Air Force, based at Anglesey, in North Wales. (Pictured left during Royal Navy training)
In November 2010 it was announced he was to wed his long-term love Kate Middleton
In 2011 the newlyweds held their first overseas tour as husband and wife travelling to Canada and the U.S.
In recent weeks William has joined his grandmother the Queen and other members of the Royal family at national events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee
William graduated as an RAF Search and Rescue Force pilot and now pilots Sea King helicopters as Captain