Kate Middleton’s Bachelorette Party: Small, Quiet and Alcohol-Free?

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So much for a wild last night of freedom.

According to royal insiders, Kate Middleton and a small group of her closest gal pals enjoyed a rather sober hen night—that’s British speak for a bachelorette party—sometime last week, several days before Prince William’s stag night last weekend. By all accounts she kept her party as clean as her fiancé kept his.

“She has already had her hen night, but it was certainly very low-key,” a close friend told the Daily Telegraph. “There isn’t such a tradition attached to hen nights as there is to stag parties. It was done privately. Not all of Kate’s friends were there, and she will be catching up with other friends over the coming weeks.”

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The guest list included all the double-barrel and exceedingly posh names you’d expect at a royal hen night. Likely attendees were Alicia Fox-Pitt, an old school friend from Marlborough College who looked after Kate when William dumped her in April 2007; Olivia Bleasdale, who shared an apartment with Kate and Wills at St. Andrew’s; Rose Astor, the wife of William’s close friend Hugh van Cutsem; Alice Hadden-Paton, who is married to a younger member of the van Cutsem clan; and Kate’s younger sister Pippa, who organized the party.

It’s unlikely that Kate indulged in wedding-themed cocktails, or that she passed out with a bottle of vodka in hand. One friend from high school has said that drinking “wasn’t her thing.” That may be a function of her reportedly low tolerance. “Kate would like a glass of wine, but she couldn’t really handle her drink,” a classmate from St. Andrew’s has said. “She would get giggly after a few glasses, and then she would stop.” (via the Telegraph)

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