Instead of releasing a new traditional portrait to mark his birthday, Prince William showed that he did things differently.
The Duke of Cambridge posted a rare but brief personal tweet about his 40th birthdayindicated by his signature, “W”.
“Thank you for all the happy birthday messages today! W,” the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s official Twitter account posted on Tuesday.
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Earlier today, Prince Charles and the Queen’s social media accounts shared wishes for the milestone birthday, along with a selection of flashback photos.
Prince Charles was the first to wish his son the big birthday.
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The proud dad led with a black and white image of him holding a newborn Prince William outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
There was also one of the father-son duo laughing on a ski lift.
“Wishing the Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!” a Twitter post written with a birthday cake and balloon emojis.
On Instagram, the caption of the same photos revealed that it was a photo from every decade of the birthday boy’s life so far.
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Prince William is supposed to celebrate his birthday privately with his wife and children, but Prince Charles will miss all the planned family festivities when he arrives in Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
It is understood the Queen plans to hold a joint 40th birthday party for Prince William and Kate – which marked a low-key birthday in January due to a rise in Omicron cases in the UK – later in the year.
Meanwhile, the Royal Family’s official Twitter account shared photos of Her Majesty with her grandson at various points in her life, with a brief history of her life in one thread.
“Happy Birthday to the Duke of Cambridge!” they captioned the post with the celebration emoji.
“Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on June 21, 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.
“Her Royal Highness graduated from St Andrew’s University in June 2005 with an MA (Honours) in Geography. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall attended her presentation diplomas.
“After university, Prince William went to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst as an officer cadet. After completing his 44-week training course, he was commissioned as an army officer in December 2006. and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals).
“In 2009, he began training as a search and rescue pilot. After various skills-based training exercises and exams, Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he was known in the RAF, joined C Flight, 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey in September 2010. as a search and rescue pilot.
“On April 29, 2011, Prince William married Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. They were given the titles ‘Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’ by the Queen on their wedding day.
“After leaving operational duty in the armed forces, the Duke retrained to become an air ambulance pilot and worked for East Anglian Air Ambulance from March 2015 to July 2017.
“The Duke and Duchess have three children, Prince George (born in 2013), Princess Charlotte (born in 2015) and Prince Louis (born in 2018).
“His Royal Highness now undertakes a number of charitable activities and projects, with a particular focus on the environment, young people and mental health. He also performs public and official duties on behalf of The Queen, in the United United and Abroad.”
Prince William celebrated his 40th birthday with a special cover for The big problem – a nonprofit that produces a magazine that supports the homeless, an issue close to his heart, after Princess Diana took him to a homeless shelter The passage when he was 11 years old.
The Duke wrote of the “eye-opening” experience of taking to the streets of London for an hour to sell copies of the charity magazine, which operates in several countries including the UK and Australia.
“I wanted to experience the other side and see what it was like to be a Big problem seller. My time has truly opened my eyes,” he wrote.
“I have always believed in using my platform to help tell these stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling.
“I plan to do this now that I’m 40, even more than in the past.
“So, for my part, I pledge to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable problem not just today, but in the months and years to come.”
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