Royals See Birthday Girl Kate on Roller Skates – Before She Was a Princess! From roller disco queen to royal princess! By Erin Hill Erin Hill Twitter Senior News Editor, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 8, 2016 10:45 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Dominic O'Neill/REX/Shutterstock From roller disco queen to royal princess! It’s rare to see Princess Kate in anything but her go-to black pumps, but there was a time when the royal mom of two, who turns 34 on Saturday, sported a bright pink pair of roller skates – and hot pants! In 2008, the future royal, then 26, helped organize the Day-Glo Midnight Roller Disco charity event in London – and the evening was the perfect excuse for Kate to let down her hair, have some fun and raise some serious cash in the process (the event brought in $200,000 for a children’s hospital ward). Dressed in a sequined green halter-top, yellow hot pants and pink leg warmers, Kate was the belle of the disco ball that September evening. She skated around the room, helping hand out canap s, like sausage rolls, with friend Holly Branson. Also spotted in a corner was Princess Beatrice and her then new boyfriend Dave Clark. • Want to keep up with the latest royals coverage? Click here to subscribe to the Royals Newsletter. Now, almost eight years later, Kate is the belle of a different kind of ball – a royal one. Kate has traded in her roller skates for sparkling tiaras and a string of important royal duties – and, of course, comfortable shoes so she can chase Prince George around. And the busy royal mom still supports important charities – just not on wheels!