Prince William revelation: Brilliant reason Duke left Kate's parents 'dazed' ...

Kate celebrates her 38th birthday on Thursday, and the Duke and Duchess have already been spotted at Sandringham with some close friends to mark the occasion. Over the years, Kate has seemed to prefer a quiet celebration surrounded by family for her birthday, and this is what she chose to mark her 21st in 2003. However, as their blossoming royal romance was a secret to most of the world at that point, William paid a hushed-up trip to the birthday girl that stunned her parents – who had never met the second-in-line to the throne before. 

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Royal author Christopher Anderson, in his 2011 book “William and Kate: A Royal Love Story”, takes a look at the romantic episode.

Mr Anderson writes: “Kate celebrated her 21st birthday that January 2003 with a small family party at home in Bucklebury.

“Halfway through the festivities, two Land Rovers pulled up Oak Acre’s gravel drive and a lone figure knocked on the door. 

“William had slipped quietly out of London, and now he was meeting Kate’s dazed but not entirely surprised parents for the first time.

Carole and Kate Middleton; Prince WilliamKate Middleton adn her mother Carole; Prince William (Image: Getty)

Kate Middleton and Prince WilliamKate and William in their univeristy days (Image: Getty)

“William had slipped quietly out of London, and now he was meeting Kate’s dazed but not entirely surprised parents for the first time.

“He told them, 'I wouldn’t have missed the chance to sing Happy Birthday to Kate for the world.’”

The author also explains how the young couple kept their growing romance tightly under wraps, adding: “Even at St. Andrews, only a handful of students knew that William and Kate were in the throes of a deepening love affair.”

READ MORE: How Meghan and Harry weren't invited to Kate's birthday

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