In celebration of Prince William’s 40th birthday, members of the royal family have shared a collection of unseen family photos throughout the years.

Prince Charles and Camilla shared a series of snaps to the Clarence House Instagram page, as they wished the Duke of Cambridge a very happy birthday.

The photos show a young William with his father throughout the decades, which begin on the day he was born and showcase heartfelt family moments.

The official royal family social media account also shared photos of Prince William at times throughout his life with his grandmother the Queen, as they shared details of William’s birth.

“Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin, placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace announced that he weighed 7lb 1 1/2 oz,” the caption reads.

On top of sharing the throwback snaps, details of Queen Elizabeth’s gift to her grandson have also been revealed, with Her Majesty reportedly giving permission for Prince William and Kate Middleton to host a joint 40th birthday party at one of her royal residences.

Prince William has been given the green light to host the birthday bash at his grandmother’s Windsor Castle home, or at Sandringham Estate, in the coming months.

Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday will also be celebrated, as her own party plans in January were cancelled due to rising Covid-19 cases in England.

It is understood that the Queen, 96, will decide whether to attend on the day of the party due to her ongoing mobility issues.

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This article first appeared on OverSixty.