Kate Middleton used her 39th birthday to honor workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The message was posted on Jan. 9 to the official Instagram account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It included a photo of Kate wearing a floral printed face mask.
“Thank you for your kind wishes on The Duchess’ birthday,” the caption reads. “Birthdays have been very different in recent months, and our thoughts continue to be with all those working on the front line at this hugely challenging time.”
This is not the first time that the mom of three, and the royal family as a whole, has taken the time express appreciation for frontline workers. In March 2020, the official Kensington Palace Instagram account shared a video of Kate and husband Prince William’s children Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5, and Prince Louis, 2 clapping for healthcare workers.
“To all the doctors, nurses, carers, GPs, pharmacists, volunteers and other NHS staff working tirelessly to help those affected by #COVID19: thank you,” the caption of the post read. “#ClapForOurCarers #ClapForCarers #ThankYouNHS #ClapForNHS.”
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In May 2020, Kate and William thanked nurses around the world on International Nurses Day with a social media message.
“It’s just shown how vital the role that nurses play across the world, so you should be so proud of the work that you do and thank you very much from all of us,” Kate told nurses in the Bahamas during a video call.
While Kate has used her big day to pay tribute to those fighting the spread of COVID-19, her family took the time to send well wishes her way.
The official royal family Instagram account for Queen Elizabeth and husband Prince Philip shared a photo of Kate along with the message, “Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy birthday today!”
The Clarence House Instagram account for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, wrote, “Happy Birthday to The Duchess of Cambridge!”