ICYMI: Harry celebrated his 36th birthday yesterday and received a handful of wishes on social media from his royal relatives. And while Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles opted to use the prince’s official royal title in their message, while the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided to use a more casual name.
“Wishing a very happy birthday to Prince Harry today!” they captioned a throwback photo from February 2017. The photograph was taken during a promotion for their Heads Together initiative in London. In the snap, we see Harry running ahead of his older brother and sister-in-law while participating in a relay race.
We don’t want to jump to any conclusions here. It’s totally possible that the royal couple decided to use Prince Harry with no intentional thought or reason behind it. However, it’s important to note that William and Kate’s tribute to Harry last year, did include his official Sussex title.
As we mentioned earlier, Her Majesty and the Prince of Wales used the “Duke of Sussex” title in both of their messages. And while Harry’s father’s post was short and sweet, it was the 94-year-old monarch’s post that particularly stood out to us. The photo choice specifically showcased that she still supports the duke, even after his decision to step down as a senior member of the royal family. The snap focused solely on her grandson and only showed the back of the queen’s head, symbolizing a deep deference to him.
Official royal title or not, we’re sure Harry was feeling the love on his special day.