The significant detail in Kate Middleton’s birthday message from King Charles and Queen Camilla you may have missed

Kate Middleton’s birthday message from the King and Queen features a very meaningful picture from a life-changing moment

Kate Middleton’s birthday message revealed; seen here the Princess of Wales visits St Thomas Church
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There’s a significant detail in Kate Middleton’s birthday message from King Charles and Queen Camilla that some fans might not have spotted. 

While Kate Middleton’s birthday on January 9 might be somewhat bittersweet this year as she and the rest of the Royal Family anticipate the release of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, a day later she’s already received a very special message. Over the years fans have come to anticipate sweet birthday posts on the Royal Family’s social media accounts for many prominent family members. And this year is no exception for Kate, whose message from King Charles and Queen Camilla could be seen as especially significant. 

“Wishing The Princess of Wales a very Happy Birthday today!” they declared, alongside a heart-warming photo of Kate Middleton receiving flowers from a young fan in Swansea last year. 

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In September 2022, Prince William and Kate Middleton undertook their first tour of Wales since taking on their prestigious new titles as Prince and Princess of Wales. After kicking off this historic visit on September 27 with a trip to their former home, Anglesey, where they also carried out one of their first joint engagements together, they then traveled to Swansea. 

It was here that the adorable snap of the Princess of Wales receiving a stunning bouquet of flowers from a two-year-old fan was captured. Whilst Kate Middleton’s dresses often steal the show, this time it was her bright red coat that did the talking as she opted to showcase one of the main colors of the Welsh flag with her outfit. 

Dressed in a Welsh National Costume, the little girl eagerly handed over the flowers to the future Queen Consort outside the re-developed St Thomas’ Church. 

Catherine, Princess of Wales meets two-year-old fan as she leaves St Thomas Church

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King Charles and Queen Camilla’s decision to share this picture in particular as part of Kate Middleton’s birthday message could be seen as incredibly significant in light of the importance of this trip. Depicting Kate Middleton during her first tour of Wales as Princess of Wales highlights and celebrates her new role which in turn showcases her importance as a senior royal and as part of the future of the Royal Family. 

The photo could also be seen to pay tribute to her hard-working nature given it shows the Princess of Wales undertaking a major visit just a day after the royal mourning period for Queen Elizabeth ended whilst they were likely still feeling her loss deeply. 

Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for their visit to The Prince's Foundation training site

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 Kate Middleton’s birthday message from the King and Queen reflects each of these important things. And so the choice of photo and where and when it was taken can perhaps be seen as a powerful way to honor her personally as well as to show the impact she has on the Royal Family.  

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with seven 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.