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'Happy Birthday William!' Queen pays touching tribute to Prince on 40th with stunning pics

The Royal Family Twitter account, which represents the Queen and working royals who don’t have their own social media handles, shared a touching tribute for Prince William, who is turning 40 today. The birthday message read: “Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!” 

The tweet also includes a picture showing the Duke of Cambridge smiling during an engagement. 

While it is common for the Queen’s social media account to share a message to mark the birthdays of working royals, the Duke was paid tribute with a thread focusing on key moments of his life. 

The tweet, highlighting the position of prominence of William in the Firm, also read: “As the second in line to the throne turns 40, learn more about His Royal Highness”. 

The first tweet included a snap taken during the Duke’s first public appearance on the steps of St Mary’s Hospital in the arms of his doting mother Princess Diana.

Another key moment celebrated by the Royal Family Twitter account was William’s graduation from St Andrews’ University.

In 2005, the Duke earned an MA in Geography from the university where he met Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

As noted by the royal account, his graduation ceremony was attended by Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Philip and the Queen. 

On the following year, the Duke completed the 44-week training course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

On Twitter, the Queen’s account commemorated this moment by sharing an adorable photograph showing the Queen inspecting the Guard of Honour at Sandhurst while Prince William can barely manage not to smile at his grandmother.

Another key moment in the life of the Duke marked by the royal account is the beginning of his training as Search and Rescue RAF pilot.

The snap chosen for this tweet shows the Queen and Prince Philip visiting William at Anglesey in 2010, as he shows them around the RAF Valley.




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