There’s something different about Queen Elizabeth’s message for Prince William’s birthday compared to her post for Prince Harry. For Prince William’s 39th journey around the sun, the Queen made sure to share some photos of the Duke of Cambridge in his military regalia on social media—an honor she skipped when it came to Harry’s 36th birthday in September.
Prince William turned 39 on Monday, June 21. His grandmother, the Queen, shared her birthday message for him via the royal family’s official account on Twitter that day, writing, “Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very Happy Birthday today! #HappyBirthdayHRH.”
The message was followed by four photos of Prince William at various royal engagements throughout the years: In the first photo, the Duke of Cambridge is seen with his wife, Duchess Kate, and their three children—Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 6, and Prince Louis, 3—on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in 2019 during the Queen’s Trooping the Color parade. The second and third photos show William smiling during two events on the Cambriges’ tour to Scotland in 2020.
But it’s the fourth photo that has grabbed the attention of many on social media: The picture, which was taken in 2018 during the Sovereign’s Parade, shows Prince William wearing a military uniform while representing the Queen as a reviewing officer. The Duke of Cambridge holds several honorary military titles,…