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Guess What Prince William Is Buying for Kate Middleton's Birthday?

Well, it’s not as though he can get away with buying a post-holiday marked-down sweater at the mall, is it?

The Duchess of Cambridge (that’s Kate Middleton to you) turns 31 next Wednesday, and word has it that her doting husband, Prince William, has quite the surprise planned.

The British fashion magazine Look spills the beans by revealing that the Prince “has been checking out huge country estates in an attempt to surprise Kate with her own, very private property.”

A source says that William is looking at mansions well outside London (after all, they can always hang at Buckingham and Kensington Palaces anytime they like), and his price range is said to be 5 million pounds — a little over $8 million.

The celebration itself will be far more modest. The magazine reports that “Wills and the Middleton family are planning a modest ‘do with a ‘surprise element’ ” — either a private lunch with presents or a large family dinner.

The goal is to give Kate a happy but quiet day following last month’s stresses — her debilitating morning sickness and the tragic suicide of a nurse in the hospital where she was treated. It’s also her last pre-baby birthday. From now on, future celebrations will involve wiping chocolate-smeared faces and trying to explain why Mum is the one getting all the prezzies this time.

Considering all the Duchess has been through, a country home for relaxing getaways is a perfect gift. But you’ve got to pity William, who now has the problem of figuring out what to do for his wife’s next birthday:

Oh, darling, it’s…wonderful. Thank you ever so. Oh, yes, yes, I did need a blender in the worst way. You’re such a thoughtful man. What? I look disappointed? No, no, dearest! Not in the least. Well, all right, if I’m being completely honest, it’s just a bit…er…unexpected. After all, you gave me that splendid estate last year, and that was such a lovely surprise. Perhaps this year I was expecting something just a little more similar, seeing as how I produced the future occupant of the British throne and all. But no, truly, I’m delighted! Look – it has seven speeds! And a pulse setting! Wills, luv, you’re simply the best! 

What do you think of this lavish birthday gift?

[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]

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