It’s another spin around the sun for Prince Harry!
The Duke of Sussex celebrated his 37th birthday on Wednesday with his wife Meghan Markle and their two children, 2-year-old Archie and 3-month-old Lili.
First thing in the morning, Harry’s royal family made sure to wish him an emoji-filled birthday and share some of their favorite photos of the prince to commemorate his special day.
Grandmother Queen Elizabeth, 95, led the charge by “wishing the Duke of Sussex happy birthday today!” accompanied by the red balloon emoji that has become a royal standby. (Prince Charles, 72, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 743, sent a similar message a few minutes later.)
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Prince William and Kate Middleton, both 39, mixed it up with using the birthday cake emoji in their good luck to Prince Harry.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received another gift on Wednesday when they were named among TIME the magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year and featured among the front page stars, including Simone Biles, Kate Winslet and Billie Eilish.
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“In a world where everyone has an opinion about people they do not know, the Duke and Duchess have compassion for the people they do not know,” wrote their good friend, Chef José Andrés, in the essay on their work as philanthropists and Advocates. “They don’t just mean. They’re running against the fight.”
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Harry began his birthday week by joining American First Lady Dr. Jill Biden to a virtual event to honor injured service members who would have participated in this year’s Warrior Games, which had to be canceled due to COVID-related concerns.
It was a meaningful start to the week for the prince, who told virtual participants that his Paralympic-style Invictus game “would never have been created if I had not been inspired by each and every one of you, and you companions and your families, and all that you have done in the service of this country. “
He continued: “These games are so important, whether it is Warrior Games or Invictus Games. It is the ultimate reminder of service both at home and abroad. It is about the physical and mental form of those who have sacrificed so much. “
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And this year has been a service, celebration and reflection for Harry, who has come to life as the father of two since baby Lili’s birth in June. He briefly returned to his native London in July to unveil a statue dedicated to his late mother, Princess Diana, of what would have been her 60th birthday.
Two months before that, Harry had also returned home to Britain to commemorate his late grandfather, Prince Philip. Next, he is seen with a collection of unprecedented royals to pay tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh’s almost 100-year life in the BBC documentary Prince Philip: The royal family remembers.
“He’s always been a huge presence behind everything we’ve really done,” William shared in a recently released clip from the thesis.
Harry added, “what you see is what you got with my grandfather. He was unapologetically him.”
As the birthday prince prepares for another year of life, he will certainly seek to incarnate that example.