The special reason Kate Middleton will be staying up late tonight

Kate Middleton
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The special reason Kate Middleton will be staying up late tonight has been revealed.

Kate Middleton is expected to stay up late tonight, following a family tradition, so she can bake a surprise birthday cake for her son Prince George (opens in new tab) who celebrates his eighth birthday.

The mum-of-three, to Prince George, seven, Charlotte, six, and Louis, three, who she has with Prince William, is keen to make birthdays special for their children. So much so that she is prepared to stay up late into the night - just so she can pull off an extra special surprise by making them their own birthday cake.

Kate, who also enjoys taking her children to explore the great outdoors revealed the sweet detail during filming with Mary Berry for A Berry Royal Christmas.

"I love making the cake," said Kate. "It's become a bit of a tradition that I stay up 'til midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing and I make far too much. But I love it."

Kate Middleton and Mary Berry

It comes after it was suggested Prince George could have the 'world's greatest upbringing' (opens in new tab) providing Kate and William get it right.

Kate appears to get her love of party planning from her parents Carole and Michael Middleton who run a successful party-planning business, Party Pieces.

Kate's eldest son, Prince George is about to celebrate a milestone eighth birthday (opens in new tab) - as this was the age his dad Prince William went to boarding school and it's understood the Cambridge's are considering a boarding school move for him, which could see him leave London (opens in new tab) after his birthday.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte

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But there's another birthday tradition for Prince George that will leave his dad Prince William struggling. George's godmother Julia Samuel, 60, who was best friends with the late Princess Diana, always buys 'impossible' toys for the youngster so William has to spend days carefully assembling for him.

Speaking on the podcast How to Fail with Elizabeth Day, she said, "I do to George what [Diana] did to us, which is give impossible toys that are really noisy and take a lot of making.

"William then has to spend days putting together. And then put all the machinery together, and it makes awful tooting noises and lights flashing and all of that."

Last year to mark Prince George's seventh birthday, and for each birthday before that, his mum has traditionally released a birthday snap to show how grown up the youngster is. And as we await a new one tomorrow, here are some of Prince George's cutest moments compiled by the Royal Family YouTube channel...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pQWidyjcew

His birthday, 22nd July, fell during UK lockdown so George spent his birthday at Anmer with the rest of his family. George is thought to have enjoyed a special birthday tea in his honour, attended by his family and some friends.

His celebrations missed the traditional bell ringing of Westminster Abbey due to the Covid regulations but with lockdown restrictions now lifted, the bells could be chiming again tomorrow.

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.