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New photo of Archie with ‘Grandpa’ leads royal birthday celebrations for the Prince of Wales


Prince Charles has been wished a happy birthday many times over on royal social media accounts as he turns 71. And taking charge of the celebrations is his youngest grandchild, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, who stars in a new image with his granddad for the big day.

The photo was taken by Chris Allerton on Archie’s christening day and shows the Prince of Wales standing proudly by his little grandson who is nestled in the arms of the Duke of Sussex. The image was shared on the official Sussex Royal Instagram account with the message ”Happy Birthday to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales – Sir, Pa, Grandpa!”

Photo Chris Allerton/ Sussex Royal Instagram

The new picture of Archie is just one of several messages on the many accounts run on behalf of members of the House of Windsor. The official Royal Family Twitter and Instagram channels marked the 71st birthday of the heir to the throne with an archive image of the prince with his father, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is holding the young Charles up in the air while the Queen looks on.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge celebrated Prince Charles’ birthday with a series of snaps on the Kensington Royal accounts. The prince is seen with Kate and baby Louis in a famous image from 2018. There is also an image of the prince with his two sons, William and Harry, and another of the prince with his first born, the Duke of Cambridge. The message reads ”Wishing a very Happy Birthday to The Prince of Wales!”.

The Duke of York shared a photo of Prince Charles holding him as a baby in his birthday message which includes the hashtag #HappyBirthdayHRH.

At the official account of the Prince of Wales himself it was business as usual. Clarence House Twitter and Instagram shared a photo taken of the heir to the throne as he began his 71st birthday, on his official visit to India.

Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14th 1948 at Buckingham Palace, the first child of the then Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh. He became heir to the throne when his mother succeeded as Queen Elizabeth II on February 6th 1952 and was created Prince of Wales on July 26th 1958, just ahead of his tenth birthday. He is the longest serving heir to the throne in British history.



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