Prince William turns 40: Queen posts sweet birthday wishes, Prince Charles shares RARE throwback pics
Prince William turned 40 on Tuesday, 21 June, and the Queen and Prince Charles have posted online to celebrate the royal heir's birthday. The Instagram feeds for the Royal Family and Clarence House both shared heartfelt greetings for the monarch-in-waiting, along with some adorable throwback images of the prince as a young boy.
The Queen wished her grandson a happy 40th birthday on the Royal Family account, writing: "Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!" "Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales," it continued, followed by a party face emoji. "He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin, placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace announced that he weighed 7lb 1 1/2 oz." The post also included a photo of William making a speech at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Party at the Palace recently. Other photos posted on the occasion showed William as a child, one of him with the Queen during a military parade at Sandhurst, another from when he served with the air ambulance, and a nice picture of The Queen and William together in Scotland last year.
Charles' Clarence House Instagram account also wished the Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday. The message read: "Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!" A cake and balloon emoji was used as a follow-up. Charles was shown holding his kid in his arms on the Lindo Wing steps immediately after the boy was born 40 years ago in the first photo that was posted. The birthday wishes follow news that William would celebrate his 40th birthday jointly with his wife Kate after her own celebration was postponed owing to the rising Covid rate.
A picture of William's father and son skiing together when he was a young boy, a picture of William and Charles with Prince George and Camilla while they were dressed in uniform, and a lovely picture of William and Charles taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in honour of Father's Day a few years ago are among the other pictures.
After agreeing that the pair should "celebrate their landmark birthdays in style," he has been given the go-ahead to hold the celebration either the Queen's Windsor Castle residence or Sandringham Estate later this summer, a royal insider told Mirror. In keeping with the royal custom of commemorating decade milestones for senior members of the family, The Queen may join William and Kate's party in addition to senior royals, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
One royal insider said that the 96-year-old queen, who has recently had worsening mobility concerns, won't confirm until the day of the celebration. Extravagant parties have always been organised to honour multiple family members at once. In June 2000, a lavish royal celebration honouring Prince Andrew's 40th birthday, Princess Anne's 50th, Princess Margaret's 70th, and William's 18th was celebrated at Windsor Castle.