The Real Reason Kate Middleton Was Not at the Queen’s 92nd Birthday Party

While the queen usually saves the big celebrations for her official birthday in June, her family members pulled out all the stops for her 92nd birthday on April 21, 2017. The only thing missing? Two of her beloved family members, Kate Middleton and Prince Philip.

We share why Kate had to skip the festivities (page 7), where Prince Philip was (page 8), and some of the exciting details — including the one guest she bent royal family rules for (page 4) — from the star-studded party, ahead.

1. It was one of the highest security operations London has ever seen

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) waves as to guests as she arrives in the Royal box

So many high security people in one place. | John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images

  • With 40 members of royalty in the same place, security was at al all-time high.

With so many members of royalty in attendance, security was at an all-time high. In fact, it was one of the highest security operations London has ever seen — streets were shut down, police were heavily armed, and concrete and steel barriers were installed.

Next: A gift fit for a queen

2. Prince Harry was in charge of the gift

Britain's Prince Harry speaks on stage at The Queen's Birthday Party

They gifted her with a charity. | Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

What do you get a woman who has it all? A charity in her name is a great start. As president of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, Prince Harry gave a moving speech about the organization, honoring his grandmother’s life of service.

After joking about how the queen is not easy to buy gifts for, Harry went on to introduce the new organization, stating: “As we celebrated your 92nd birthday this evening and in recognition of your incredible life of service, I am delighted to say that the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust has now been launched to support young leaders around the Commonwealth.”

Next: Prince Charles was in charge of this

3. Prince Charles gave the toast

Prince Charles giving the toast at Queen Elizabeth birthday party

He gave a rousing toast to the queen. | Andrew Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

No party is complete without a toast and Prince Charles upped the ante by asking attendees to give the birthday girl a “hip hip hooray” to “your majesty mummy.”

Following the toast, balloons the venue dropped balloons and shot off firecrackers.

Next: The queen broke family tradition by inviting this guest.

4. Meghan Markle was invited

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at The Queen's Birthday Party

Meghan has had a lot of exceptions made for her. | John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Historically, fiancés are not invited to royal family events until after the wedding. However, the queen has broken this rule on several occasions for Meghan Markle and her 92nd birthday party was no exception.

Next: The entertainment

5. There was a private concert

Queen Elizabeth birthday

She had some huge names perform for her. | John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images

The entertainment of the night? A private concert featuring Sir Tom Jones, Kylie Minogue, Shawn Mendes, Sting, and Shaggy (though, the queen had no idea who he was, so Will had to explain in her ear mid-performance).

Next: Her family was shocked after she did this

6. The queen danced

Queen Elizabeth 92nd birthday

She seemed to have a good time. | Andrew Parsons – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Despite not knowing who Shaggy was, the queen seemed to have enjoyed her birthday concert and was even seen dancing throughout the night.

Next: The real reason Kate Middleton was not at the queen’s 92nd birthday party.

7. Kate Middleton was on royal baby watch

The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Depart The Lindo Wing With Their New Son

Kate was due any second. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

  • William was seen checking his phone periodically for updates.

The one thing missing from her birthday celebration? Her granddaughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. Due to go into labor at any moment, Kate skipped the event and awaited the arrival of her son at home.

William and Kate welcomed a baby boy into the world two days later on Monday, April 23, 2018.

Next: Prince Philip was also absent.

8. Prince Philip was recovering from hip replacement surgery

Prince Philip

Prince Philip was recovering from surgery. | Yui Mok/AFP/Getty Images

  • Prince Philip had hip replacement surgery in early April 2018.

In addition to Kate, Prince Philip was also absent. While the queen celebrated her 92nd year, her husband was at home recovering from hip replacement surgery.

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