Prince Charles Sends Birthday Message to Prince William with Rare Throwback Pic

Prince William is officially ringing in his 39th year today—and Prince Charles is marking the occasion in a very special way.

On Instagram, the Prince of Wales shared a rare black-and-white throwback photo to honor his eldest son and we just can't quit staring at baby William—especially since he looks so much like his son, Prince George. In the caption, Prince Charles wrote, "Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very Happy Birthday today!"

The first pic shows Prince Charles holding his son as a baby, and the second features Prince William all grown up as he enjoys a previous event with Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. One fan replied, "Such lovely photos!! They are a treasured family." Another chimed in, "Diana would be so proud."

Prince Charles isn't the only one who celebrated the occasion with a tribute. Queen Elizabeth also took to Twitter and wrote a birthday message, adding a collection of throwback photos that include Prince William in full military uniform. She wrote, "Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very Happy Birthday today! #HappyBirthdayHRH," adding a fun balloon emoji.

In response to the outpouring of well wishes from family and fans, Prince William posted a photo of himself on IG and wrote, "Thank you for all the birthday wishes and kind messages."

The lucky royal is celebrating his birthday only a day after Father's Day, where the Cambridge family enjoyed a half-marathon race at Her Majesty's Sandringham Estate. Kate Middleton also honored Prince William by sharing a short clip on their IG page, which included a rare pic of the duke posing with his three children (George, 7, Charlotte, 6, and Louis, 3). The caption reads, "Wishing fathers everywhere a happy Father’s Day."

A special Father's Day celebration followed by countless birthday wishes? It looks like Prince William is certainly enjoying this (well-deserved) double celebration.

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