Duke of Cambridge posts rare personal tweet as royals share photos of a young Prince William to celebrate his 40th birthday

Instead of releasing a traditional new portrait to mark his birthday, Prince William showed he’s doing things differently.

The Duke of Cambridge posted a rare but brief personal tweet on his 40th birthdayindicated by his signature sign off, “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 in the day, 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 on 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 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.

There was also one of the father-son duo enjoying a laugh on a ski lift.

“Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!” a Twitter post wrote with a birthday cake and balloon emojis.

On Instagram, the caption of the same photos revealed it was one photo from every decade of the birthday boy’s life so far.

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Prince William is understood to be marking his birthday privately with his wife and children, but Prince Charles will be missing any planned family festivities as he arrives in Rwanda for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

It’s understood the Queen plans to throw a joint 40th birthday party from Prince William and Kate – who marked a low-key milestone birthday in January due to a surge 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 moments in his life, with a brief history of his life in a thread.

“Happy Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!” they captioned the post with the celebration emoji.

“Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London.

“His Royal Highness graduated from St Andrew’s University in June 2005 with a 2: 1 Master of Arts (Honors) in Geography. The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attended his graduation.

“Following 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).

Queen Elizabeth and Prince William
The Royal Family’s social media share flashback photos of Queen Elizabeth with Prince William through the years (Instagram / RoyalFamily)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince William
The selection of images included a classic from his Sandhurst graduation, showing the grandmother and grandson bond they share (Instagram / RoyalFamily)

“In 2009, he began training as a Search and Rescue pilot. Following various skill-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 29 April 2011, Prince William married Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey in London. They were given the titles ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’ by The Queen on the day of their wedding.

“After leaving operational duties with the Armed Forces, The Duke retrained to become an Air Ambulance Pilot and worked for East Anglian Air Ambulance from March 2015 until July 2017.

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The Duke of Cambridge gave his grandmother a personal tour when he was a pilot for the Air Ambulance (Instagram / RoyalFamily)

“The Duke and Duchess have three children, Prince George (born 2013), Princess Charlotte (born 2015) and Prince Louis (born 2018).

“His Royal Highness now undertakes a number of charitable activities and projects, with a particular focus on the environment, young people & mental health. He also carries out public and official duties in support of The Queen, in the UK and overseas.”

Prince William marked his 40th birthday with a special cover story for The Big Issue – a not-for-profit organization that produces a magazine which supports the homeless, an issue close to his heart, after Princess Diana took him to homeless shelter The Passage when he was 11.

The Duke wrote about the “eye opening” experience of going out on 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 Issue vendor. My time was truly eye opening, “he wrote.

“I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling.

“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 continuing doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come.”

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The Duke had gone out on the streets of London for an hour to sell copies of the charity magazine (Instagram)

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