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Happy 32nd birthday, Duchess Kate!

Jan. 9, 2014 at 7:22 AM ET

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wears everything from fancy hats to casual tank tops. See how Prince William's wife can easily go from a high society affair to shopping on the streets of London.

It's been a big year for Duchess Kate, but she rang in her 32nd birthday in her trademark, understated style, by celebrating out of the spotlight.

Kensington Palace declined to reveal any details about the Duchess of Cambridge's birthday plans, other than acknowledging that she planned to spend the day privately.

In years past, Kate's husband, Prince William, has swept her away to romantic retreats in Scotland for her birthday. But last year, the duchess, newly pregnant and recovering from severe morning sickness, stuck close to home and was treated by her husband to a night out with her parents and siblings to a Cirque du Soleil show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

This year, her husband's recent enrollment at Cambridge may be another reason why she chose a quiet evening, which she'll likely spend with family before he gets home. And now that she's marked her birthday, the duchess is officially the older woman in the relationship — her younger hubby doesn’t turn 32 until June.

While we wait to see how the 32-year-old Duchess Kate will knock our socks off, take a look back at some of our favorite moments from her jam-packed 31st year:

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge joins in the preparation of campfire food during a visit to the Great Tower Scout camp at Newby Bridge in Cumbria on M...
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The Duchess of Cambridge proves she has a rugged side, braving snowy conditions to join some scouts as they prepped campfire food in March, 2013.
Will and Kate introduce their baby to the world.
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In July, Will and Kate introduce their newborn baby to the world.
Kate shows off her volleyball skills - and her fit physique - in October, just a few months after giving birth.
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Kate shows off her volleyball skills - and her fit physique - in October, just a few months after giving birth.
Kate was elegant in all black, a rare style choice for the Duchess, at a gala in October.
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Kate was elegant in all black, a rare style choice for the Duchess, at a gala in October.
The Duchess showed yet again she's no ordinary royal, recycling this Roland Mouret gown and pairing it with a $36 necklace from Zara.
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The Duchess showed yet again she's no ordinary royal, recycling this Roland Mouret gown and pairing it with a $36 necklace from Zara for a film premiere in December.
HAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 6: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Shooting Star House Children's hospice where she toured facilities, viewed a...
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She's not afraid to get silly! The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Shooting Star House Children's hospice where she toured facilities, viewed a music session and met with volunteers on Dec. 6 in Hampton, England.
And she did the impossible - managing to look good in 3D glasses.
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And she did the impossible - managing to look good in 3D glasses.
Image: Kate Middleton
Take a look back at how the royal spent a lifetime preparing for her most important title — Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William.


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