Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Duchess of Cambridge, Happy Birthday to you! In case you hadn’t realised it’s Kate Middleton’s birthday today. And her royal stylish-ness has plenty to celebrate. Not only are Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte sure to have big plans to make Kate’s day special, but 2017 marks the year the mum-of-two turns 35, and according to science that’s a pretty good age to be.
While you might assume that being a carefree teen, a frolicking twentysomething, or a wisened retiree is the optimum age to be, recent research has revealed that in fact 35 is the holy grail of years.
The survey by insurance company Aviva asked more than 2,000 adults from various age ranges what they thought the best age was to be, and the average came out as Kate’s age 35.
Why? Well according to the research 35 is old enough for the Duchess to have reached certain life goals such as buying a house (tick – Anmer Hall), finding a partner (tick – Prince William, obvs), having children (tick – Prince George and Princess Charlotte). But according to the same survey being 35 is young enough for Kate to still have some exciting years ahead of her, like reaching the peak of her career at 39 and feeling completely financially secure.
So what else does science predict that our Kate can look forward to in her mid-thirties? Pardon us in advance for discussing it, but the Duchess could well be about to reach her, ahem, sexual peak. According to research from the University of Texas women in their 30s and early 40s are significantly more sexual than their younger counterparts. The research found that from aged 27 until 45 women report not only having more sexual fantasies, but also enjoy having more sex, period.
Moving swiftly on, the Duchess is likely to have some career highs to look forward to too. While our twenties are often characterised by trying to make your mark in the employment world which often comes with long hours, and a paltry pay packet, our thirties are more about reaping career and financial success.
Not only can the ages between 30 and 39 be a period of career highlights, thirty-something women can look forward to their pay peaking at an average age of 39.
And for the creatives amongst us, like Kate, you’ll be most likely to have your biggest creative breakthrough in your late-30s. According to a study of scientific innovators and Nobel Prize winners physics Nobel winners were an average of 36 years old when they carried out their prize-winning research, while chemistry prize winners were an average of 39 years old.
Perhaps that explains why the Duchess has recently been honoured by the Royal Photographic Society for her candid snapshots of children Charlotte and George.
In terms of happiness, Kate still has her best year to look forward to as according to a survey by HuffPost UK and YouGov, we only really achieve true contentment at age 38.
But it’s not all good news for the Duchess, as further research revealed that 35 was the beginning of the misery years for some. The survey by counselling group Relate found that 35+ was the period of life where work and relationship pressures really started to take their toll.
Of the 2,000 people quizzed, those aged 35 to 44 said they felt more lonely or depressed than any other age group. The survey also hinted that busy parents, like the Cambridges, were finding that the whole work/life juggle was contributing to what experts have described as a “true (K-)mid-life crisis.”
So as the Duchess blows out the candles on her birthday cake, possibly made by Fiona Cairns, the baker behind the couple’s wedding cake, potential mid-life crisis aside, the 35-year-old has a lot to look forward to. And as she raises a glass of something fizzy, she’ll likely be counting her royal blessings. Then she might just head off for an early night with Wills *winky face emoji*
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