As many of us have now experienced firsthand, having a birthday in lockdown is a very different sort of celebration to your typical pre-pandemic day – and it turns out it's no different for the royals either. Today is Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge's 39th birthday and whilst the country is back to living under restrictive measures to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the Duchess has chosen to use her special day to send a poignant message to the nation.
Alongside a photograph of Kate wearing a protective face mask, the official Kensington Royal Instagram account (@KensingtonRoyal, which chronicles the lives and work of both Kate and her husband, Prince William) a message was shared thanking all those working on the front line during these very testing times.
"Thank you for your kind wishes on The Duchess’ birthday," the message begins. "Birthdays have been very different in recent months, and our thoughts continue to be with all those working on the front line at this hugely challenging time. (Photo credit: Danny Lawson/PA)."
So far it has been liked over 440,000 times and has been flooded with messages from royal fans sending their best wishes to the Duchess on her big day.
Other members of the royal family have posted birthday greetings to Kate on social media too, including the Queen and Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Sharing two photos of Kate Middleton (including one of her with Her Majesty), the Instagram account @royalfamily, which acts on behalf of the Queen and Prince Philip, said, "Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy birthday today! 🎂 #HappyBirthdayHRH @kensingtonroyal. Swipe ⬅️ The Duchess is pictured with Her Majesty The Queen at The Chelsea Flower Show in 2019."
Charles and Camilla's social media account, @ClarenceHouse, also posted a photo of the Duchess of Cambridge (and can we just say she looks especially radiant here?) and said, "Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge! 🎊 (📷 PA)."
Whilst she may not be able to spend it with her wider family and friends, we hope that Kate has a wonderful 39th birthday at home with Prince William and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Oh! And for ideas on how to celebrate a birthday during lockdown, click right here.
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