Prince William & Kate Party with Pippa for New Year's
Despite buzz that Prince William and Catherine would ring in the New Year at his father's sprawling Aberdeen, Scotland, estate, when it came time to celebrate, the couple chose a more low-key locale: a tent pitched in the back garden of the Middleton family home in Berkshire, England.
According to the U.K.'s Mail on Sunday, Pippa, who's in the party-planning business, played host.
And the stylish sister has expensive taste: The tent, a teepee-style kata made of animal hides, cost nearly $5,000 (3,000 British pounds).
Described by an onlooker as a "canvas palace," the tent enclosed a dance floor and seating for more than 100 partygoers.
Notably missing: Prince Harry, who rang in the New Year in Switzerland, where he was spotted at the ski resort Verbier.
"[Catherine] looked full of the joys of the season," a local said of the royal, 29, who laughed and joked with her husband, also 29.
The celebration in her hometown comes nearly a week after the duchess's first Christmas as a royal in Sandringham, Norfolk.