Kate: 31 reasons why the birthday girl is preparing for her best year yet

Kate Middleton turns 31 years old on January 9, and as she runs through her wish list after blowing out her candles, her hopes for 2013 will be well within the successful royal's grasp.

For many women, their early 30s are a time for self-reflection and considering what their next move should be. Not so for Kate, who has everything securely in place.



Having just completed a successful first year as a working royal, the future Queen is poised to become a mother for the first time and, as her profile continues to grow, quite possibly one of the most influential women of the 21st century.

2013 is set to belong to Kate, and that year begins with a birthday where the expectant mum will surely be spoiled by husband Prince William, the Middleton family and, of course, the Windsors, who will be given the greatest gift of all when Kate delivers the future monarch who represents the dynasty's future.

In this special report, HELLO!, lists 31 reasons why the Duchess can expect her best year yet.

Report: Judy Wade

Introduction: Andrea Maltman