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'Happy Birthday to His Majesty the King!': William and Kate wish Charles on his first birthday as monarch

King Charles celebrated his 74th birthday and his first as the King of England
The official Twitter page for the Prince and Princess of Wales honored King Charles on his 74th birthday (Julian Finney/Getty Images, Ben A. Pruchnie - WPA Pool Getty Images)
The official Twitter page for the Prince and Princess of Wales honored King Charles on his 74th birthday (Julian Finney/Getty Images, Ben A. Pruchnie - WPA Pool Getty Images)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: King Charles marked his first birthday as a monarch today, on November 14. To honor his 74th birthday and to wish Charles on achieving this special milestone, the Prince and Princess of Wales took to their social media to pay their heartfelt tribute to the new King of England. 

The official Twitter page for the royal couple shared a post that read, "Wishing a very happy birthday to His Majesty The King!" The account also shared a picture of the monarch smiling widely that was clicked recently during an official engagement, as per Hello! magazine. The photo was taken during King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla's visit to Morrisons Supermarkets headquarters in Bradford, earlier this month. The special message from Prince William and Princess Kate came shortly after the Royal Family's Twitter account also recognized Charles’ first birthday as the new monarch.


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Born as Charles Philip Arthur George, the longest-serving heir, ascended the throne at the age of 73 on September 8, after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. It is expected that the new King will celebrate his birthday privately with his wife Queen Consort Camilla. However, there is a chance King Charles will mark his birthday more publicly at a later date, possibly on a summer day, with public celebrations to follow the tradition set forth by King George III in the mid-1700s, according to Express. The late queen continued this tradition by celebrating her real birthday privately with family while marking her official one on a Saturday in mid-June by attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony.


According to Hello!, the King spent the day before his birthday leading the nation in honoring the martyrs during the annual Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. On the actual day of His Majesty's birthday, the Band of the Household Cavalry performed 'Happy Birthday' during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at their London royal residence Buckingham Palace. 

An hour later, gun salutes were fired in his honor whereas the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery fired 41 volleys at London's Green Park from midday. Right after, the Band of the Scots Guards played 'Happy Birthday' in the park. Finally, at 1 pm, the Army’s oldest regiment, the Honourable Artillery Company fired a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London, to mark the occasion.