Royal Family posts touching photobook of King Charles’ life on his 75th birthday – including a poignant shot with a young Harry in happier times
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The Royal Family’s social media accounts have paid tribute to King Charles on his 75th birthday, posting a photobook-style montage of images showing the monarch from his very first public appearance as a baby to now – and lots of key moments inbetween.
The 39-second clip was posted on X this morning by the @RoyalFamily account and rolls back the decades for the monarch as he celebrates a milestone birthday – showing some of the most important moments of his life and more intimate photos spent with family members through the years.
The post shared two emojis, one of a crown and the other of a cake, alongside the words@ ‘Wishing His Majesty The King a Happy 75th Birthday.’
There are images of the late Queen – including one from 1948 when she was pictured for the first time in public with her firstborn. Charles is seen fast asleep wearing a royal christening gown in his mother’s arms.
To mark the King’s 75th birthday on Tuesday, the Royal Family’s official X account shared a touching 39-second photo montage of Charles’ life
Princes William and Harry also appear – although not together – with happy scenes from their childhood flashing past, including the moment the then Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana introduced their second son to the world at St. Mary’s Hospital in London in September 1984.
There’s a November 1997 image of the then Prince Charles with a young Prince Harry; father and son are seen recording their handprints in concrete while on an official visit to South Africa.
A 1998 snap of Charles with Princes William on the slopes in the Swiss ski resort of Klosters, a long-time faovourite of the royals, appears.
The photobook-style montage opens with a blue-and-white front cover featuring a floral scene with bee imagery and the words ‘Happy Birthday Your Majesty’.
Stirring classical music provides the soundtrack as the montage races through the decades.
The photobook-style montage opens with a blue-and-white cover featuring a floral scene with a bee imagery
Already a people person: Amongst the images in the montage was a photograph of Charles pictured in 1953 as a five-year-old waving at well-wishers
The King with the late Princess Diana shortly after the birth of Prince Harry on September 15, 1984, at St. Mary’s Hospital in London
The King’s 75th birthday will be a working day for the monarch marked by gun salutes across the capital. Charles will launch the Coronation Food Project with the Queen, which aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food need.
The King is expected to celebrate his milestone birthday privately with family and friends tonight.
Happier times: The then Prince Charles with a young Prince Harry in 1997; father and son are seen recording their handprints while on an official visit to South Africa
Charles’ time on the slopes in Klosters, Switzerland with Princes William and Harry in 1998 also flashes past
At noon, the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, named by Charles’s grandfather King George VI, will fire a 41-gun salute from London’s Green Park. An hour later, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire a 62-gun salute at Tower Wharf, Tower of London – an extra 21 for the City of London.
Among the guests will be around 400 nurses and midwives alongside the Chief Nursing Officer of England, Dame Ruth May, and Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of NHS England.
The King’s sporting prowess is also celebrated, with a black-and-white snap showing him Thwacking a cricket ball
Charles will also host a Buckingham Palace reception highlighting the work of nurses and midwives over the decades as part of the NHS 75 celebrations.
Birthday celebrations began early for the King when on Monday he was guest of honour at a party staged in the grounds of his Highgrove home in Gloucestershire.
Charles is working today, and will launch the Coronation Food Project with the Queen which aims to bridge the gap between food waste and food need. Yesterday he was presented with a cake at Highgrove
Charles joined a host of people, from community stalwarts nominated by friends and family who were also turning 75 this year, to representatives from organisations marking the same milestone, such as the NHS and members of the Windrush generation.
Among the famous faces at the event were celebrity chef Raymond Blanc, The Repair Shop host Jay Blades and singer Lee John from the 1980s group Imagination.
Charles Philip Arthur George was born on November 14 1948 at Buckingham Palace.
After his birth – the first at the royal residence since 1886 – his father the late Duke of Edinburgh drove to Caxton Hall to register the event.
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