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Prince Charles celebrates Prince William’s 40th birthday

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, with a fine collection of throwback photos to mark his 40th birthday today.

Prince Charles, 73, sent Prince William’s birthday on his Instagram account this morning by sharing a number of photos showing the duo together.

“Happy 40th birthday to the Duke of Cambridge!” the message read, along with a photo of Charles holding a baby William, and another showing the father and son couple on a ski trip.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Royal Family Instagram account also shared photos to mark William’s milestone, with the caption: ‘Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, with a fine collection of throwback photos to mark his 40th birthday today

The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to his eldest son, the Duke of Cambridge, with a fine collection of throwback photos to mark his 40th birthday today

Prince Charles, 73, sent Prince William birthday wishes on his Instagram account this morning by sharing a number of photos showing the duo together

Prince Charles, 73, sent Prince William birthday wishes on his Instagram account this morning by sharing a number of photos showing the duo together

Clarence House's Instagram account shared the post this morning with the caption above

Clarence House’s Instagram account shared the post this morning with the caption above

Meanwhile, the Queen's Royal Family Instagram account also shared photos to mark William's milestone, with the caption: 'Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Royal Family Instagram account also shared photos to mark William’s milestone, with the caption: ‘Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the eldest son of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born on 21 June 1982 at 9:03 pm in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.

“A bulletin posted on the gates of Buckingham Palace announced that he weighed 7 pounds 1 1/2 oz.”

The post featured a photo of William as a toddler and then multiple images of Her Majesty pictured next to her grandson.

Elsewhere, a third photo, shared by the Prince of Wales, captured Charles, William, Camilla and a young Prince George during a Trooping the Color performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London.

There were also two images of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge dressed in their country clothes as they posed with each other.

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“Happy 40th birthday to the Duke of Cambridge!” the message read, along with a photo of Charles holding a baby William, and another showing the father and son couple on a ski trip.

Elsewhere, Charles, William, Camilla and a young Prince George were captured at a Trooping the Color performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, in a third photo shared by the Prince of Wales.

Elsewhere, a third image shared by the Prince of Wales captured Charles, William, Camilla and a young Prince George during a Trooping the Color performance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London.

There were also two images of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge dressed in their country clothes as they posed with each other

There were also two images of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge dressed in their country clothes as they posed with each other

Royal fans were quick to comment on the post, writing: ‘Last photo is so cute. Happy birthday Prince William.’

Another person said: ‘Such a sweet collection of photos – 40 already, gosh, time flies…’

The news comes after reports that Prince William will be hosting a joint 40th birthday party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess’s own celebrations were cancelled.

Royal sources have revealed that the Duke and Duchess should “celebrate their historic birthdays in style,” in a historic tradition for the family in which several members team up for their big bashes.

However, the 96-year-old queen will not confirm her presence until the day of the party, according to the Mirror, due to her mobility issues which have seen her reluctantly forgo many royal appearances in recent months.

The news comes after reports that Prince William will be holding a joint 40th birthday party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess's own celebrations were canceled

The news comes after reports that Prince William will be holding a joint 40th birthday party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess’s own celebrations were canceled

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed her 40th in rural Norfolk in January, in a more intimate affair with only friends and family at Cambridge’s home, Amner Hall, over the coronavirus.

At the time, a source said: ‘There will probably be low-key celebrations for the Duchess. She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but especially given the current climate, everything will probably be phased out.’

A similar royal kneel to what is expected this summer was held in June 2000 at Windsor Castle, where the family gathered for Prince William’s 18th birthday, Princess Anne’s 50th, Princess Margaret’s 70th and Andrew’s 40th.

And for the first time, the Duke will not have his birthday marked by the fluttering of the Union flags.

The Queen and Prince Charles will be the only royals to receive the Union Flag over government buildings on their birthday.

Royal sources have revealed that the Duke and Duchess should

Royal sources have revealed that the Duke and Duchess should “celebrate their historic birthdays in style,” in a historic tradition for the family in which several members team up for their big bashes. Pictured is Sandringham Estate, where the royal couple could celebrate their 40th anniversary this summer

However, the 96-year-old queen will not confirm her presence until the day of the party, according to the Mirror, due to her mobility issues which have seen her reluctantly forgo many royal appearances in recent months (pictured is Windsor Castle)

However, the 96-year-old queen will not confirm her presence until the day of the party, according to the Mirror, due to her mobility issues which have seen her reluctantly forgo many royal appearances in recent months (pictured is Windsor Castle)

It is reportedly an attempt to save Prince Andrew from embarrassment. The honor was taken from the Duke of York, as well as William, Kate, Anne, Edward, Camilla and Sophie.

The government decision is said to have been approved by the 96-year-old monarch, the Sun reported.

A number of councils are said to have said earlier this year that they would disobey a rule to fly it for Andrew on his birthday earlier this year because of the Duke of York’s shameful association with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his lawsuit with Virginia Roberts.

The Queen’s second son was relieved of official duties this year after he paid a £12 million settlement to Virginia Roberts, who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17. A claim he denies.

For the first time, the Duke will not have his birthday marked by the fluttering of Union flags.  Pictured: Union Flag on a tower of Parliament

For the first time, the Duke will not have his birthday marked by the fluttering of Union flags. Pictured: Union Flag on a tower of Parliament

Each year, the government publishes a list of designated days on which the flag may fly over government buildings.

Still, the guidelines for flags have changed in 2022 according to the Code’s Archives on Flying the Union Flag, with the change meaning the Duke of York’s birthday on February 19 is no longer a designated day.

Only Her Majesty and her successor, the Prince of Wales, will have a birthday.

The government said: “Since 2021, the standard position is for the flag to fly all year round unless another flag is hoisted.”

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