Prince William inbox will have been undoubtedly flooded on Tuesday morning as the Duke of Cambridge turns 40.
Among the first to congratulate William on the milestone were his father Prince Charles and stepmother Duchess Camilla through a collection of adorable photos that were shared on the royal couple’s official social media accounts.
Starting off with a black and white photo taken on the day newborn William left hospital back in 1982, the series also included a personal snap of father and son riding a chair lift and enjoying a ski holiday.
Another photo showed the father-son pair embracing the great outdoors, we even got to see a snap which includes the next generation of the royal family, William’s firstborn George at his first Trooping the Colour back in 2015.
“Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday! Swipe through the decades!” read the caption which rounded out the post on the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall’s Instagram.
Fans quickly poured in to offer their own birthday wishes to the royal, sharing their admiration for our future King. “Happy 40th, Prince William! The boy who turned out to be one of the greatest assets of the Monarchy! Long live the future King!” said one follower.
“Happy Birthday Prince William, how proud your family must be of you, we all are. Have a lovely day XXXX”; “Happy 40th Birthday, he is such a credit to you,” and many other wishes like these were left on the royal’s socials.
To mark William’s 40th Kensington Palace released three, never-before-seen, photos of the Duke when he joined vendor Dave Martin, 60, to help sell copies of The Big Issue, a magazine helping raise awareness around homelessness.
The Duke even wrote an exclusive piece for the publication, sharing: “I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her own inimitable style was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem.”
“I wanted to experience the other side and see what it was like to be a Big Issue vendor. My time was truly eye-opening. I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling,” continued the Prince.
“I plan to do that now I’m turning 40, even more than I have in the past. So, for my part, I commit to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come.
“And in the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me.”