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The Duchess of Cornwall celebrates her birthday surrounded by royal congratulations

We don’t always get photos to mark royal birthdays but as the Duchess of Cornwall turns 72, official royal social media accounts are sharing snaps and happy messages to mark the big day.

Clarence House got the ball rolling with a sunny snap of Camilla, accompanied by a message that read ”Thank you for all the lovely messages on The Duchess of Cornwall’s birthday!”. That image was retweeted soon afterwards by the official Royal Family channel which added a rather appropriate cake emoji as well.

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Kensington Palace chose to share a different snap of the duchess, this time wearing one of her trademark statement hats. And in case you’re wondering, this choice of royal emoji featured a cupcake and a balloon. The official account of the Duke of York marked the event with an image of Camilla standing next to Prince Andrew.

Camilla Rosemary Shand was born on July 17th 1947 at King’s College Hospital, London, the first child of Major Bruce Shand and his wife, Rosalind, and was christened in November that same year. Camilla grew up in East Sussex and London alongside her younger siblings, Annabel and Mark. After the end of her first marriage to Andrew Parker Bowles, she wed the Prince of Wales in April 2005. Since then she has become one of the most high profile and hardest working members of the Royal Family.

And there was no time to put her feet up as she celebrated being 72. Camilla is spending her birthday in Devon as her three day tour of the South West of England comes to an end. There will no doubt be a cake – Camilla has been treated to bakes throughout her visit to the region while she herself sent a good luck cake to the cricketers taking part in the World Cup final last Sunday.

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