A hectic year awaits you, Kate

The Duchess of Cambridge, who turned 30 yesterday, has her calendar full this year

If 2011 was eventful for Kate Middleton, 2012 will be positively hectic.

Top of the Duchess's immediate list of priorities will be visits to the four institutions of which she became patron last week and to a local scout group in Wales.

I'll protect you always: Kate Middleton led the way at the War Horse
premiere, with an Alice Temperley floor-length lace gown, as Prince
William shielded her from the rain. Pics/AFP

Then there is the matter of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Before that, however, they will also play an active role in the London 2012 Olympics, for which they have been recruited as ambassadors.

Shoes fit for a Princess: Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian has created a
line of shoes called The Duchess as a tribute to Kate on her birthday.

The couple are also expected to fit in a visit to Africa at some point during the year, with June the most likely date.

Kate cried at premiere: Spielberg
Kate was moved to tears by the First World War epic War Horse and had to be handed a Kleenex at its premiere, according to the film's director Steven Spielberg. Prince William and Kate were guests at the UK premiere of the movie.

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