Carole Middleton releases stunning birthday picture – expecting a surprise from Michael

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The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother opened up on having her big day during lockdown in a new post on her family business Party Pieces’ Instagram. Carole joked it was up to her husband Michael Middleton, 71, to help her celebrate the occasion.

Kate’s mother insisted birthdays under lockdown can still be “full of surprises” with “a little effort”.

In the post, Carole says: “If, like me, your birthday falls during the cold, dark days of winter, your loved ones can still make the day full of surprises.

“Our customers have been transforming their surroundings with our sparkly backdrops and bright balloons for small ‘at-home’ parties for their household.

“It may not be how we imagined we would be celebrating, but a little effort can still lift the spirits and bring some joy.

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“This year it’s down to my husband to help me mark my day – no pressure!”

Carole stuns in a light blue jumper teamed with skinny jeans and stylish brown suede boots in the snap.

The post prompted a delighted reaction from other Instagram users, with many wishing Kate’s mother a happy birthday.

One commented: “Love the Middleton fam, so down to earth.”

Another wrote: “Beautiful picture and great message.”

A third said: “What a beautiful woman! Happy birthday!”

Another pointed out the resemblance between Carole and her granddaughter Princess Charlotte, saying: “In this pic Carole looks like Princess Charlotte.”

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A fifth commented: “Happy Birthday!! Great picture! You’re right it’s the thought that counts 🙂 a balloon, cake, flowers anything goes!”

One more posted a laughing emoji and said: “No pressure, Michael.”

And Carole’s son James Middleton sweetly replied with three heart emojis.

Carole set up Party Pieces from a garden shed in 1987 after not being able to find what she wanted on the high street.

In 1989 it moved to a new headquarters in Hungerford.

The business’s growth led to another move in 1993 to Childs Court Farm in Yattendon.

In 2019, Party Pieces celebrated its 30th anniversary.

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