Queen leads Royals in sharing touching birthday messages to Kate as she turns 40

The Queen has lead the Royal Family in sending their well wishes to Kate Middleton on her 40th birthday.

Queen Elizabeth, 95, shared a tribute to Kate, who turns 40 on Sunday 9 January, on her official Royal Family Instagram page on Sunday morning.

The post consisted of a series photographs of the monarch with the Duchess of Cambridge throughout her years in the institution.

One touching snap shows the Duchess laughing along with the Queen as they sit next to one another.

While another photograph showed Kate with her children Princess Charlotte and Prince George and her husband Prince William as they stand on Buckingham Palace Balcony alongside the Queen.

The family are looking up at the sky as they watch an impressive fly-past by the Royal Air Force during a Trooping The Colour celebration in 2016.

And another image shows Kate on her first solo royal engagement alongside the Queen after the Duchess wed the Duke of Cambridge in 2011.

The final picture shared shows Kate stood with the Queen and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they laugh and smile together.

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As the official Royal Family Instagram page shared the snaps, they wrote in the caption: "Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!"

Meanwhile, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla also posted a tribute to mum-of-three Kate on the Clarence House Instagram page.

The string of captured moments show Kate smiling with Charles at the Festival of Remembrance in 2021, along with another snap of the Duchess with the Queen and Camilla.

And a final shot is a close-up the smiling future queen. Prince Charles, 73, and his 74 year old wife Camilla's official page shared the photographs and wrote in the caption: "Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!"

Royal fans joined in on the well-wishes on Kate's special day, which she marked by sharing three powerful photos of herself.

One wrote: "Wishing a very happy birthday to such amazing Duchess I hope she will have a lovely day today".

Another added: "Happy birthday Your Royal Highness". And another added: "Happiest 40th Birthday to #theduchessofcambridge May she rise and shine more and more with all the love, happiness and success #kateat40".

Kate is set to celebrate her milestone birthday with a series of surprises, planned by her beloved husband William, 39.

As a source recently told The Mail: “There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the Duchess.

“She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but particularly given the current climate anything is likely to be scaled down.”

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