The Queen just sent a very special message to Kate Middleton

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Coronavirus has changed everything about life as we know it, with people now isolated to their homes in a third lockdown. Not exempt from this are the royal family, with the Mountbatten-Windsors also having to cancel their plans.

The Queen made headlines last week as she was forced to cancel a particularly special Sandringham tradition due to the pandemic, but this week it was Kate Middleton who made headlines as she celebrated her 39th birthday.

Among those to wish the Duchess a happy birthday was the Queen and Prince Philip, who posted a touching tribute to Kate on their social media channels.

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'Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy birthday today!,' they captioned the post alongside a series of photographs, including one of the Duchess and Her Majesty The Queen at the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show.

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Taking to Instagram, the Cambridges posted a tribute, uploading a photograph of Kate wearing a face mask.

‘Thank you for your kind wishes on The Duchess’ birthday’, captioned the post, but the Cambridges then went on to post an emotional message about the current situation.

‘Birthdays have been very different in recent months,’ read the caption. ‘And our thoughts continue to be with all those working on the front line at this hugely challenging time.’

It has not been revealed how Kate spent the day, but we're sure the Cambridges marked the day privately as a family.

Happy Birthday Kate!

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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