Kate Middleton and Prince William wish Queen happy 96th birthday as they praise monarch as an 'inspiration'

KATE Middleton and Prince William wished the Queen a happy 96th birthday in a touching message today.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge called the monarch an "inspiration to so many" as they shared sweet family snaps.

One image showed William, Kate and the Queen at the Duchess's Chelsea Flower Show garden in 2019.

Another saw the Queen and Prince Philip with seven of their great-grandkids in a snap taken by Kate herself.

Prince George, Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte are seen with Peter Phillip's daughters Savannah and Isla – and Zara and Mike Tindall’s children Lena and Mia.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla also shared their own message to the Queen on their Clarence House Twitter page.

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The Queen's eldest son and the Duchess of Cornwall shared several images of the monarch on engagements.

A sweet throwback pic showed the Queen with a young Prince Charles and Princess Anne greeting supporters.

On the Cambridges' official Twitter account, William and Kate wrote: "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very happy 96th birthday today!

"An inspiration to so many across the UK, the Commonwealth and the world, it’s particularly special to be celebrating in this Platinum Jubilee year."

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Charles and Camilla added: "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a particularly special 96th birthday today, as we celebrate her Platinum Jubilee year."

The Royal Family's official Instagram account also shared a sweet baby picture of the Queen to mark the day.

A post read: "Today as the Queen turns 96, we’re sharing this photograph taken when she was two-years-old.

"Then Princess Elizabeth, she was the eldest daughter of The Duke and Duchess of York and was never expected to become Queen.

"Her life changed in 1936 when her uncle, King Edward VIII abdicated, her father became King George VI and the young Princess became the heir presumptive.

"Following the sad death of her father in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II aged just 25, and this year is celebrating 70 years on the throne – a first in British history."

Last night, the Queen released a new photo to mark her big day.

Despite health worries, she posed with two fell ponies last month at Windsor. The Queen is at Sandringham for her big day.

It came after Prince Harry sparked a fresh row by announcing on US TV that he is “protecting” the Queen.


The Duke of Sussex claimed on NBC Today he was ensuring Her Majesty has “got the right people around her”.

Palace aides were left reeling by the “breathtaking arrogance” of Harry, who until last week had not seen his gran for more than a year.

In comments beamed around the world, Harry, 37, said he was not sure whether or not he would take up the invitation to attend Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in June — blaming “security issues” and “everything else” for his indecision.

In the interview with presenter Hoda Kotb at his Invictus Games, the father of two also revealed private details of his and Meghan’s secret “clear the air” conversation with the Queen and Prince Charles at Windsor Castle last Thursday.

It was the first time the Sussexes had seen Her Majesty together in more than two years since they left the UK for a new life in California.

During the interview, and despite missing last month’s thanksgiving service for his grandfather Prince Philip, Harry bragged about his “really special relationship” with Her Majesty, who is 96 today.

He said: “We talk about things that she can’t talk about with anybody else, so that is always a nice peace to her.”

Harry implied criticism of Royal Household staff who looked after the Queen during Covid in what was jokingly dubbed “HMS Bubble”, when he said: “I’m just making sure she’s protected and has got the right people around her.”

But he dodged a question on whether or not he misses Prince Charles, 73, and 39-year-old Prince William, adding: “When I leave here, I get back and my focus is on my family who I miss massively.”

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