The first-born child of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrates his third birthday on May 6, and members of the royal family have publicly wished him a happy birthday via social media.
“Wishing Archie a very happy 3rd Birthday today,” Prince William and Duchess Kate‘s social media pages wrote, adding balloon and cake emojis. The official account for Queen Elizabeth II shared a similar message. Both shared old photos of a newborn Archie with members of his extended family.
It is tradition for members of the royal family to share new photos of their young children in the days leading up to their birthdays, as a way of celebrating publicly and offering the public a new glimpse at the growing royals, who rarely make public appearances.
Since stepping down as senior members of the royal family and moving to California, Harry and Meghan have been selective about the images of Archie – and his 11-month-old sister, Lilibet.
For Archie’s second birthday, Harry and Meghan released a statement on their foundation website, Archewell, urging donations for their latest cause, vaccine equity around the world. They said they were “deeply touched” by many of their fans’ previous donations to charities on behalf of their son. They said a donation of $5 can cover the cost of a dose for someone in need.
“We remain incredibly grateful,” the statement said. “We cannot think of a more resonant way to honor our son’s birthday. … Even a small contribution can have a ripple effect.”
Later that day, the Sussexes also posted a black-and-white picture of Archie on their website, which soon turned up on a fan Instagram account, showing him from behind holding a bunch of balloons.
Most recently, Harry and Meghan released a holiday card featuring a family photo of the couple beaming as they embrace their two children.
“This year, 2021, we welcomed our daughter, Lilibet, to the world,” the card reads.
“Archie made us a ‘Mama’ and a ‘Papa’, and Lili made us a family. As we look forward to 2022, we have made donations on your behalf to several organizations that honor and protect families – from those being relocated from Afghanistan, to American families in need of paid parental leave.”
Contributing: Maria Puente