Why Prince William's birthday this year will mark such an important milestone this year

Prince William's birthday this year is likely to see the country celebrating like never before

NORFOLK, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge visit to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5, 2020 in Norfolk, England. Sunday marks the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the National Health Service (NHS). The UK has hailed its NHS for the work they have done during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Joe Giddens - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Prince William is in for a very special birthday celebration this year - and it’s not even a milestone age. 

The Duke of Cambridge will turn 39 on June 21 and the nation is already gearing up for the big day. 

This year's summer solstice will mark an important moment in history for the British public - the official end of lockdown. On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all UK restrictions should be lifted on June 21, bringing the country back to life in time for the upcoming sunny season. The government is now focusing on vaccinating the entire population, to ensure it can safely pursue its reopening plans by its June deadline. 

This return to normality will see both essential and non-essential businesses, including bars, pubs, and nightclubs, back in action - and this time, for good. 

Last year, Prince William’s birthday fell on Father’s Day, giving him the perfect excuse to spend the day with his wife Kate Middleton and three children. With coronavirus restrictions prohibiting large parties, the family-of-five kept the occasion lowkey and celebrated together in the gardens of Sandringham House in Norfolk. 

Prince William’s plans for his 39th birthday have yet to be revealed, but it’s likely the royal will be able to expand his guest list this time around. 

In the meantime, the duke has plenty of other issues to address. Prince Philip, who is to turn 100 on June 10, has been in hospital since last Tuesday and is confirmed to spend several more days on the ward. When asked about his grandfather’s wellbeing during a visit to a vaccination clinic this week, Prince William replied, “Yes, he's OK, they're keeping an eye on him.” 

Prince William’s relationship with his younger brother Prince Harry has also been the subject of intense media scrutiny lately. On Friday, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke of Sussex will not resume his royal duties, following his emigration to California with his wife Meghan Markle last year. 

The Queen has reportedly already selected the likely candidates to take over the couple’s royal patronages - and it’s possible Prince William will be appointed to pick up some of the responsibilities. 

With so many other pressing concerns, it looks like the busy royal’s 39th birthday celebrations are far down on his list of priorities. 

Emma Dooney
Lifestyle News Writer

Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, Emma mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.

Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.