Kate Middleton Ditched the Royal Pomp & Circumstance for New Year's Eve

kate middletonThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared to have had an incredibly festive Christmas celebration, but reports coming out now about how they spent their New Year's make it sound like they may have had WAY more fun ringing in 2014 than hanging out with the royals at Sandringham ...

According to People, Kate and sister Pippa kicked off New Year's Eve festivities early at a party on Monday night at a friend's place in Bucklebury. "Kate looked incredible. She was very jolly and very happy," a fellow guest said. Apparently, this "eyewitness" claims that the Duchess "has really got her figure back. If anything she actually looks better now than before she had Prince George." Well, hello, we knew THAT!

But what was less clear was whether or not she and Prince William would have any royal obligations around the New Year. Thank goodness they did not.

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Christmas at the Queen's estate sounds lovely but uptight, formal, and very involved. Kate had five "costume changes" on Christmas Day alone after all! And she and William had to worry about how this or that would look (like holding hands?!) when they chatted with the public on their walk back from church, and they had to field questions about George's whereabouts ("back at the ranch estate!").

So to hear that they were able to have a much more low-key New Year's is a relief. Especially when we've heard that William "loves the informality of staying with Kate's parents and just chilling out in a normal family environment," according to a source who spoke to the Express. I'm sure Kate feels the same! What the chatty partygoer had to say about Kate definitely reflected that:

The thing that really strikes you is that she is just so normal and smiley. There are no lights on Kate here, so she can be totally relaxed and herself. I came away from the party thinking, 'She looks really happy.' Kate really is glowing and full of life.

Love it! And what a perfect way for the Duchess to kick off 2014!

Which holiday do you think sounds like it was more fun for Kate?



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