Kate Middleton will no longer receive this birthday tradition

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The Duchess of Cambridge, along with other senior members of the royal family, will no longer receive a time-honoured birthday tradition.

Westminster Abbey has announced that it is changing its bell-ringing schedule and will now only carry out the tradition of ringing the chapel's famous bells on members of the royal family's birthdays, for the Queen and Prince Charles going forward.

Ringing the bell at Westminster has been a long-standing tradition in the royal family, with all of Her Majesty's children, Prince Andrew, Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, as well as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, having previously received the honour.

This means Kate will miss out on the tradition for her birthday next June, as will Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall whose birthday is in July.

Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images
Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images

A spokesperson for Westminster Abbey spoke to Hello!, saying: "The Abbey bells can be heard ringing out before services and in celebration of church festivals. The bells have also traditionally been rung to mark the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family."

"Due to the financial challenges posed to the Abbey by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now ring only for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales."

This means Prince Charles will be the next senior royal to receive the honour for his upcoming birthday in November when he will turn 73.

Due to the global pandemic, Westminster Abbey suspended all bell ringing on April 2020, with the exception of the death of Prince Phillip, which saw the bell ring 99 times in celebration of each year of his life.

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