Why Do Some Royal Family Members Celebrate Two Birthdays?

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There’s no specific protocol for how members of the British royal family are to celebrate their birthdays annually, but not everyone celebrates just one day.

From spending quiet time at home to grand public celebrations, here’s what some of the royals do on their birthdays and who celebrates more than one.

Meghan Markle

For Meghan Markle’s first birthday as a royal, she received a special present a few days shy of her big day from PETA. The animal rights organization sent the former actress a handbag made from vegan leather and valued at around $375.

“PETA believes this animal-friendly bag is absolutely perfect for the duchess, as she is mostly vegan and cares about animals and the environment … Chances are that this gorgeous handbag will inspire the duchess to embrace vegan fashion and leave all animal skins out of her wardrobe, as she’s already done with fur.” PETA director Elisa Allen told OK! Magazine.

Members of the royal family are sent gifts from the public every year on their birthdays, but the general rule is they cannot accept anything from people they don’t know. Since this specific handbag came from an organization though Prince Harry’s wife was able to accept it.

Kate Middleton

Since marrying the Duke of Cambridge, Kate Middleton has celebrated her birthday the same way a few times.

In 2012, she went to a film premiere the night before her 30th birthday with friends and family at a private Kensington restaurant. However, in many of the years that followed the duchess remained at home while pregnant with Prince George in 2013, with Princess Charlotte in 2015, and with Prince Louis in 2018.

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