While Kate Middleton's piano number at the carol service she hosted at Westminster Abbey over Christmas might have surprised viewers, this wasn’t the first time she has shown off her musical side.
During her hen night back in 2011 – organised by sister Pippa Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge dressed up as Cheryl and performed her 2009 hit Fight For This Love, according to the former Girls Aloud star.
Cheryl spoke about the revelation in her autobiography Cheryl: My Story, recounting the moment she was informed of this when she met Prince William and Kate backstage at the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen in 2012.
“Did you know you’ve got a bit of competition?” The Duke of Cambridge joked with her.
Cheryl explained that the Duchess followed this comment up by telling her about her pop star impersonation.
"Kate confessed that she dressed up as me on her hen night, in a bodysuit and split trousers, and sang Fight For This Love,” the artist wrote.
"She even learnt the dance routine and was step-perfect by all accounts, as her sister Pippa and brother James also came over and told me all about it."
Kate's partying days now seem to be behind her though as she enjoyed low-key celebrations when she reached her milestone 40th birthday on 9 January.
The Duchess skipped a massive party to mark the occasion and is thought to have instead spent the day with her family.
The 40-year-old has never been a “party girl” and used to watch her drinking, a friend from her university days revealed to author Kate Nicholl for her book Kate: The Future Queen.
When Kate embarked on a gap year in Italy, they met and enjoyed a few fun nights out together.
“She'd get giggly and silly after a few glasses, so then she would stop,” Kate’s old friend — who remains unnamed — said.
"She was never interested in getting really drunk. She wasn't really a party girl.
"She wasn't uptight or boring, she was really fun and lovely, but going out and getting wasted wasn't really her thing."
Perhaps it was fitting then that the Duchess did not have a wild celebration for her milestone birthday — although with husband William being expected to be thrown a party for his 40th this June by the Queen, she might decide to join in.
“The Queen is tremendously fond of enjoying such occasions and this would be no different,” Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, told The Mirror.
“There’s a lot to look forward to in her Platinum Jubilee year, and with both William and Kate turning 40 it’s an extra excuse to celebrate.
“This is a pretty big one for the Cambridges so it should be quite the party.”
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