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Meet Kate Middleton’s girl squad, with a teacher, a Lady and a Marchioness making up her inner circle

KATE Middleton turns 38 tomorrow and celebrated with pals at the weekend in Norfolk. 

But who is in the Duchess of Cambridge’s inner circle? From a teacher to a Lady and a Marchioness, here’s who the royal is close to away from the spotlight…

Kate celebrated her birthday with friends at the weekend, and was pictured with Lady Laura and James Meade,  Thomas Van Straubenzee and fiance Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe in Sandringham
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Kate celebrated her birthday with friends at the weekend, and was pictured with Lady Laura and James Meade, Thomas Van Straubenzee and fiance Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe in SandringhamCredit: James Whatling

Lady Laura Meade and husband James Meade

On Sunday, mum-of-three Kate was pictured going to church in Sandringham, ahead of her birthday on Thursday.

She was photographed with a number of her friends, including Lady Laura Meade, who she met through her husband. 

Laura is married to James Meade, who did part of Prince William’s best man speech at the Cambridge’s 2011 wedding. 

William was also usher to fellow Etonian James at his wedding, and the Meade couple play roles in the lives of the royal kids too. 

Kate pictured with George and Charlotte, and Lady Laura at the Beaufort Polo Club in 2018
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Kate pictured with George and Charlotte, and Lady Laura at the Beaufort Polo Club in 2018
Lady Laura is married to Prince William's best friend James Meade
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Lady Laura is married to Prince William's best friend James Meade Credit: Doug Seeburg - The Sun
Lady Laura, who has been pictured with Kate numerous times, is Prince Louis’ godmother
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Lady Laura, who has been pictured with Kate numerous times, is Prince Louis’ godmother Credit: Getty - Contributor

Lady Laura is Prince Louis’ godmother, and James is Princess Charlotte’s godfather. 

The couple live near Anmer Hall, which is Kate and William’s country retreat. 

Emilia Jardine-Paterson

Emilia is one of Kate’s friends from her time back at Marlborough College, and they’ve remained fast friends ever since. 

 Emilia Jardine-Paterson is one of Kate's friends from Marlborough College
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Emilia Jardine-Paterson is one of Kate's friends from Marlborough College Credit: PA:Press Association

When Kate and William briefly split in 2007, it was Emilia who went to Ibiza with Kate on a break. 

The interior designer is now one of Prince George’s godparents, and it has been rumoured she helped the duchess decorate Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall. 

Her husband David also has close connections to the royals too, as he attended Eton College with William. 

Zoe Warren

Zoe Warren, centre, was pictured laughing with Kate at Royal Ascot, with Lady Laura, left
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Zoe Warren, centre, was pictured laughing with Kate at Royal Ascot, with Lady Laura, leftCredit: Getty - Contributor

Kate has been pictured with pal Zoe at Royal Ascot, along with Lady Laura, and they certainly cut a glamorous trio. 

Zoe’s daughter Zalia was a bridesmaid at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding, and is one of Harry’s goddaughters. 

The Warrens have royal ties, as Zoe’s husband Jake’s dad, John Warren, is the Queen’s racing manager. 

Rose Hanbury

The Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Rose Hanbury, was also pictured with Kate on Sunday
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The Marchioness of Cholmondeley, Rose Hanbury, was also pictured with Kate on Sunday
Rose lives down the road from Anmer Hall and has three kids who have been playmates of the Cambridge children
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Rose lives down the road from Anmer Hall and has three kids who have been playmates of the Cambridge childrenCredit: PA:Press Association

Rose Hanbury was also pictured with Kate on Sunday, and their paths often cross in Norfolk as they live just three miles away from Anmer Hall. 

Rose, who is the Marchioness of Cholmondeley, and her husband David have twin boys, Alexander and Oliver, and daughter Iris.

The boys have been playmates of Prince George and the couples had previously enjoyed dinner parties and attended weddings together.

In 2011, Rose and David attended the royal couple's wedding.

Hannah Carter

Hannah Carter is one of Kate's school friends and now is one of Prince Louis’ godparents
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Hannah Carter is one of Kate's school friends and now is one of Prince Louis’ godparentsCredit: Getty - Contributor

Hannah Carter, who was previously Hannah Gillingham before marriage, is one of Kate’s friends from Marlborough College.

The two were boarders at the private secondary school, which costs over £9,000 a term.

Despite her close relationship with best friend Kate, Hannah has remained largely out of the public eye.

The long-time friend was given the honour of being one of Prince Louis’ godparents. 

Both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended her wedding to Norfolk landowner Robert Carter in May 2012.

Trini Foyle

Trini Foyle, centre, has been a close chum of Kate's since school
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Trini Foyle, centre, has been a close chum of Kate's since schoolCredit: Rex Features

Trini is another of Kate’s close friends from school, along with Emilia and Hannah. 

She ended up studying politics at Edinburgh University and once worked as an assistant in the office of Jeremy Hunt. 

Trini, who is married to husband Ted Foyle, has previously been spotted with son Alexander walking Kensington Gardens. 

Sophie Carter

Sophie Carter is one of  Princess Charlotte’s godmothers
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Sophie Carter is one of Princess Charlotte’s godmothersCredit: Rex Features
Sophie previously dated one of Kate's other pals Thomas van Straubenzee, who is now engaged to Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe
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Sophie previously dated one of Kate's other pals Thomas van Straubenzee, who is now engaged to Lucy Lanigan-O'KeeffeCredit: Getty - Contributor

Sophie has been friends with the elegant duchess for years, and even used to date one of Prince William’s pals, Thomas van Straubenzee. 

Thomas was previously married to Lady Melissa Percy, but is now engaged to marry a teacher at Prince George's school, Lucy Lanigan-O'Keeffe, 31.

Sophie also lives close to Anmer Hall and was asked to be one of Princess Charlotte’s godmothers. 

The two women have been pictured together on numerous occasions, from Christmas Day services to Wimbledon, and Sophie was even on the guestlist for Pippa Middleton’s wedding. 

Sophie joined the Cambridge family on their ski trip in 2016.

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