| January 9, 2013

Kate Middleton turns 31 today, and she's got a lot to celebrate. The Duchess of Cambridge has one heck of a year, to say the least.

PHOTOS: Sporty and Sophisticated Kate Middleton

Within the past twelve months, Middleton has accomplished more than most of us will in a lifetime: she made headlines for her new hairdo; she became the most popular cheerleader for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games; Vanity Fair counted her as one of the world's best-dressed people for a third time; and she toured Southeast Asia and the South Pacific with Prince William (showcasing a natural talent for photography while she was at it). Oh, and did we mention that she's pregnant with the future king or queen of England?

PHOTOS: Birthday Gifts for People Who Have Everything

Take a moment to celebrate the Duchess' birthday with FNM's favorite Kate Middleton news of the past year. Happy birthday, Kate!