Though we won’t be enjoying the public holiday until June, the Queen celebrated her birthday over the weekend as sweet tributes and messages of love rolled in from all members of the royal family.
Putting their new Instagram account to good use, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were quick to upload a sweet message to the 93-year-old monarch, along with some adorable throwback photos.
“Happy Birthday Your Majesty, Ma’am, Granny,” the couple’s caption on the birthday post read.
“Wishing you the most wonderful day! Harry & Meghan.”
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared five photos of Her Majesty, starting with a stunning black and white photo of her in her younger days, followed by a collection of ‘Granny’ alongside Prince Harry through the years.
The photos show the Queen with her grandsons, as well as an iconic short of Harry in full military gear trying not to grin as his smiling grandmother walks by.
But the sweetest shot may have been the last one – a candid photograph of Her Majesty and Meghan giggling together on one of their first public royal engagements.
With Meghan set to give birth any day now, the monarch will be the first person to hear the news when baby Sussex arrives, as is royal tradition.
The rest of us on the other hand may need to wait a while before we find out about Meghan and Harry’s first child.
But Meghan and Harry weren’t the only royals sharing tributes to the Queen for her 93rd birthday, with the other princes getting on board too.
Prince William and Kate Middleton shared a sweet group photo of their family with the Queen and Prince Phillip to their Kensington Royal account, writing “Wishing a very happy 93rd birthday to Her Majesty The Queen!”
And Prince Charles was eager to wish his mother a Happy Birthday, sharing a more reserved collection of photographs to the Clarence House Instagram, including one of a young Queen Elizabeth holding one of her beloved Corgis.
With all this fanfare on social media it’s easy to get excited about the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, but sadly we’ve still got a while to wait.
Though Her Majesty was born on April 21 in 1926, British monarchs have typically celebrated their birthdays publicly in May or June simply because the weather is so much better.
Living in a country that’s as prone to rain as England, it’s not hard to imagine why the kings and queens of the past (and present) would prefer a sunny June day for their Birthday Parade over a dreary, drizzly day in April.