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Glowing birthday tributes show growing importance of Duchess of Cambridge’s role

All smiles: Kate in
a tweet thanking
well-wishers
PICTURE: MATT PORTEOUS

THE Queen and Prince Charles showered the Duchess of Cambridge with birthday wishes yesterday as the royal family tried to contain the fallout from Harry and Meghan’s bombshell announcement.

Serious business: A thoughtful duchess arrives at Kensington Palace for her birthday celebrations PICTURE: LNP

Both featured Kate on their websites on her 38th birthday. Buckingham Palace shared three images of the duchess with a smiling Queen, and the message: ‘Wishing the Duchess of Cambridge a very happy birthday!’ It included a link to her profile page on the royal website.

Seal of approval: The Queen is keen to pass on her birthday congratulations

Clarence House echoed the sentiment with a series of photos of Kate with Charles and Camilla. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also wished her ‘a very happy birthday’ online, but with no pictures.

Kate thanked everyone for their birthday greetings with a Twitter post on the Kensington Palace account accompanied by a beaming photo. But there were no smiles when her car pulled into the palace where she was thought to be spending her birthday with Prince William and their children George, six, Charlotte, four, and 20-month-old Prince Louis. Kate’s high profile is expected to increase further after Harry and Meghan’s decision to ‘step back’, as she is groomed for her role as a future Queen.

Post from the in-laws: Charles and Camilla send their best wishes

Meghan’s marriage to Harry in 2018 was heralded as the dawn of a new golden age for the royals and the couple frequently appeared alongside Kate and William in their first months together.

The new duchess was welcomed with a role in the Royal Foundation charity which was set up by Harry and William together in 2009, and all four young royals spoke out frequently on social issues that concerned them, including high-profile interventions on mental health.

Low key: Harry and Meghan decided not to share any photos

But Harry admitted he had both ‘good days and bad days’ with his brother as rumours of a rift developed. Harry and Meghan broke away from the Kensington Palace press operation, then in June last year stepped down from the Royal Foundation to set up their own charity.