Happy birthday to Prince Charles, who turned 72 on Saturday, Nov. 14.
The eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and the heir apparent to the British throne received many sweet birthday wishes from the Royal Family on Instagram.
A photo of a smiling Charles was posted on his eldest son Prince William and wife Kate Middleton‘s Kensington Royal Instagram page. The post read, “Wishing a very Happy Birthday to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales!”
The Queen’s Instagram page posted a black and white photo of the ceremonial monarch sitting with an infant Charles, taken in 1948, was posted. The vintage picture shows Elizabeth sitting and smiling while holding her son, who is wearing a dress, as was customary during the time.
“Wishing The Prince of Wales a very happy birthday today!” the post read. “Follow our link in bio to find out more about His Royal Highness’s life and work. #happybirthdayhrh.”
The Queen’s Instagram page also featured a 2016 photo of Charles and his mother sitting and smiling at each other as they attend the Braemar Gathering, an annual sporting event in Scotland.
Charles’ youngest son, Prince Harry, and his wife Meghan Markle have not issued a public birthday greeting to the Prince of Wales. They no longer have an official Instagram account since they stepped away from their Royal duties in March and made North America their new home.
A photo of Charles was also posted on the Instagram page of Clarence House, which represents him and wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. In the pic, the Prince of Wales stands amid a backdrop of fall foliage wearing a green tartan Scottish kilt with a tan sporran, or pouch. The post read, “Thank you for all the well wishes on The Prince of Wales’s 72nd Birthday!”
It has been an eventful year for Charles, who notably suffered a health scare: He contracted COVID-19 in March. The prince said he experienced mild symptoms, and has since made a full recovery. Multiple reports said that due to COVID-19 restrictions in the United Kingdom, there will be no traditional ceremonies or gun salutes honoring Charles for his birthday this year.
Instead, Charles is spending his birthday in Berlin. He and Camilla arrived there on Saturday morning and plan to attend the Central Remembrance Ceremony commemorating Germany’s annual National Day of Mourning on Sunday. He is also scheduled to give a speech at the event. It will mark the first time a British Royal has attended the event.
Clarence House had said in a statement last week, “The National Day of Mourning will this year focus on the German-British friendship, which has grown in the 75 years since the end of the Second World War. The event pays tribute to the Allied commitment to the liberation from Nazi occupation and to the reconstruction, re-democratisation and subsequent reunification of Germany. It remembers all victims of war and tyranny.”