The Middleton family arrives for annual vacation in Mustique

The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton's parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, have traded the winter blues for some Caribbean sun, jetting off to the remote island of Mustique for their annual holiday.

Sources close to Hello! have revealed that the Middletons have arrived in the tropical paradise ahead of Carole's 61st birthday, but there has been no sign of Kate, Prince William and their children.

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERY:Carole and Michael are enjoying their getaway in paradise.


News of their arrival was first reported by The Duchess Kate Twitter account, which revealed that the mother of three was seen wearing a printed dress while she and husband Michael enjoyed an evening with their group of friends.

Carole, who turns 61 on Sunday, was spotted at the weekly Cotton House party accompanied by her husband of 35 years.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Mustique for Carole's birthday last year.

It has not been confirmed whether or not Kate will join her parents on their annual trip. The last time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the island was for Carole's birthday last year, when Kate was almost seven months pregnant with Princess Charlotte.

There's no doubt the couple will relax and celebrate as they did last year when they were joined by Kate and her siblings, James, 28, and Pippa, 32. The celebration was a "small and discreet" party, island regular John Cleese revealed on Twitter.

The family are big fans of the ultra-private Caribbean island and regularly travel there to scuba dive, swim and play tennis, as well as relax at the Cotton House Hotel.

It has not been confirmed whether Kate, William and their two children will join the Middletons.

When Kate and William holidayed on the island in 2008, they made a lasting impression on Martin Katz, a Los Angeles jeweller.

"We went to a cocktail party at the Cotton House and William and Kate were there," Martin told Hello! of his and his wife Kelly's royal encounter. "I was at the bar ordering drinks and Kate came over and chatted for a bit. I told Kelly, 'Kate's been chatting me up, you have to be careful!' Then she invited us to come and meet William."

"Martin went to shake William's hand and dropped his glass of pink punch at his feet," Kelly said. "It splattered all the way up William's white outfit, splashing him in the face. He said, 'Oh my, that was quite refreshing.'"

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