King Charles’s Sweet Birthday Message to Princess Kate Includes a Throwback Coronation Picture

King Charles III and Queen Camilla have a sweet message for the Princess of Wales on her 42nd birthday.

Today, the monarch and his wife wished Princess Kate a happy birthday by publishing a stunning throwback photo of her on the official royal family social media accounts. Captured on the day of the king and queen’s coronation last May, the picture features a brightly smiling Kate looking upon a recently crowned Charles. Also included in the picture are Charles’s youngest brother, Prince Edward, and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Edinburgh.

The caption reads, “Wishing the Princess of Wales a very happy birthday today! 🎈🎊”

Last year’s crowning of Charles and Camilla marked the first British coronation to take place in 70 years, following the death of the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in September 2022.

At the time, Buckingham Palace announced that the coronation would “reflect the monarch’s role today and look towards the future, while being rooted in long-standing traditions and pageantry.”

In an attempt to pare down on the traditionally extravagant occasion, female members of the royal family did not wear tiaras to the event, as had been done in the past.

Instead, Kate attended the coronation wearing a glittering silver laurel headpiece produced in collaboration by couture milliner Jess Collett and Alexander McQueen. The regal arrangement look almost like a tiara, with shimmering silver bullion, crystal, and silver thread leaf embroidery forming a point above the princess’s head.

As for the rest of her outfit, Kate also wore an Alexander McQueen dress in ivory silk crepe and a formal robe and mantel.

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As an associate editor at HarpersBAZAAR.com, Chelsey keeps a finger on the pulse on all things celeb news. She also writes on social movements, connecting with activists leading the fight on workers’ rights, climate justice, and more. Offline, she’s probably spending too much time on TikTok, rewatching Emma (the 2020 version, of course), or buying yet another corset.