Prince William’s birthday marked with special new release after losing royal privilege

Prince William’s birthday in June comes just weeks after the Platinum Jubilee weekend and fans can commemorate it in a very iconic way…

Prince William's birthday will be commemorated with a new coin, seen here the Duke of Cambridge attends the Commonwealth Day Service
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Prince William’s birthday has been marked with a special new release months after it was announced he would lose one royal birthday privilege. 


Just weeks after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations the Duke of Cambridge will mark his own milestone as he turns 40. Earlier this year Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday portraits delighted people around the world and there’ll no doubt be many hoping that Prince William shares similarly sweet pictures in honor of his big day on June 21st. Some have even predicted that Kate and William could have a joint party this summer after her 40th was a more low-key affair.

But however the future King chooses to celebrate his own 40th, fans can remember it in their own special way. As revealed on The Royal Mint (opens in new tab) website, a new commemorative coin has now been released for Prince William’s birthday. 

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The new UK £5 coin in honor of Prince William's birthday is the latest in a long-line of iconic royal coins and has been crafted by designer Thomas T. Docherty. The coin captures a portrait of the Queen’s grandchild in a strikingly determined pose, described by The Royal Mint as him “gazing ahead to the future”. 

As reported by the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), the other side will have a portrait of the Queen, designed by Jody Clark and there will reportedly be an inscription - ‘HRH The Duke of Cambridge - on the edge.

According to the publication, director of commemorative coin at The Royal Mint, Clare Maclennan, shared how it pays tribute to Prince William’s “maturity and grace”. 

“The elegant design features a portrait of HRH alongside his royal cypher and the number 40, which pays homage to the maturity and grace of the prince who has become a senior member of the royal family, a devoted husband and a loving father of three, through the eyes of the world,” she explained.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge talks to aid workers during a visit the London headquarters of the Disasters Emergency Committee

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And it seems there’ll be more than one Prince William 40th coin available to fans as Clare added, “Marking this extra special occasion, we have also struck a limited edition gold coin made with 5oz of fine gold and struck in high relief to elevate the artistry of the design. 

"Our limited edition precious metal coins combine fine craftsmanship and rarity, making them an attractive keepsake for collectors and investors.”

The announcement of Prince William’s birthday coin comes after it was revealed last year that he and certain senior members of the extended Royal Family would no longer have the bells at Westminster Abbey rung to mark their birthdays. 

Interior of Westminster Abbey in London

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Last year Hello! magazine (opens in new tab) reported that a spokesperson for Westminster Abbey explained, “Due to the financial challenges posed to the Abbey by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now ring only for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales.” 

Before this, the Queen’s children, Duchess Camilla, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis would’ve enjoyed this privilege. But whilst it’s sad that the Duke of Cambridge will miss out on this going forwards, the new commemorative coin is a huge birthday honor. 

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.