Queen Elizabeth’s people captioned the snap, “Today is Princess Beatrice of York’s 31st Birthday. Princess Beatrice is the first child of @hrhthedukeofyork and Sarah, Duchess of York, and fifth grandchild of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh. #HappyBirthdayHRH.” A rather serious and factual caption, don’t you think? At least a balloon emoji was tacked on to add a little whimsical edge.
Prince Andrew followed in his mom’s footsteps and penned a short but sweet note to his firstborn, which he started with a party hat emoji. (Wild.) The note accompanied a collage of four photos, including one of Princess Beatrice at her christening, one of her as a child, one from the 2015 Royal Ascot Day and another from Princess Eugenie’s wedding, where Princess Beatrice served as maid of honor.