Queen joins Kate and William in sending touching birthday messages to Prince Charles

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Kate Middleton and Prince William have sent a touching message to Prince of Wales wishing him a happy birthday after celebrations were curtailed by coronavirus.

Alongside the birthday wishes, the couple posted a picture of a smiling Charles to mark the occasion.

"Wishing a very Happy Birthday to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales!," the couple said on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Royal Family's official twitter account, published a photo of an infant Charles with the Queen.

The message said: "Wishing The Prince of Wales a very happy birthday today!"

The Prince of Wales is celebrating his 72nd birthday as an eventful year for the country nears its end.

Charles has been busy supporting the Queen during Remembrance week – as he does every year – and is expected to mark his personal milestone privately.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's birthday message to Prince Charles
(Image: @kensingtonRoyal)

The Cambridges have wished Prince Charles a happy 72nd birthday
(Image: Getty Images)

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Last weekend on Remembrance Sunday, the prince laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in honour of the country's war dead on behalf of the Queen.

During 2020 the heir to the throne has seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex step down from official royal duties and move to America, and experienced coronavirus first hand, contracting the virus in March.

Like the rest of the royal family he adapted his engagements during the first national lockdown, taking them online by holding video calls and posting messages of support on social media.

The Queen sent this message to her son

The eldest child of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles Philip Arthur George was born at Buckingham Palace on November 14 1948, weighing 7lb 6oz.

He became heir apparent on the death of his grandfather King George VI, when his mother succeeded to the throne on February 6, 1952 when he was three.

He was created Prince of Wales on July 26, 1958 when he was nine.

The Queen with her son Prince Charles
(Image: theroyalfamily/Instagram)

Charles, who is patron of more than 400 organisations, is the oldest heir to the throne for more than 300 years.

Gun salutes would normally be fired in celebration of Charles's birthday from Green Park, the Tower of London and other locations around the country.

But a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said Covid restrictions meant they would not take place this year.

The Queen included this heartwarming picture on social media
(Image: theroyalfamily/Instagram)

She said: "We can confirm that, following consultation with key stakeholders, ceremonial gunfire from all saluting stations continues to be temporarily suspended due to national Covid-19 restrictions.

"As such, the gun salute due to take place on Saturday 14 November for the birthday of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will now not take place.

"Future such events will continue to be regularly reviewed in conjunction with current Government Covid-related guidance."