The new Queen Camilla is celebrating her 76th birthday today (Monday) with a gun salute and “Happy Birthday” being sung by the Band of the Irish Guards in London.
She has received birthday wishes from royal fans on social media as well as from the Royal Family’s main account on Instagram.
The Royal Family’s official Instagram shared three pictures of the new Queen grinning with the text: “Wishing Her Majesty The Queen a very Happy Birthday today!”
The Prince and Princess of Wales also took to social media to wish “a very happy birthday to Her Majesty The Queen!”
However, it seems Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, have refrained from publicly sending her birthday wishes.
The couple no longer have social media accounts, having stopped using their Instagram @SussexRoyal – on which they have 9.5 million followers – in 2020.
The father of two has been vocal about his sentiments towards social media, and when speaking at Wired’s RE:WIRED summit in 2021, said the “scale of misinformation now is terrifying”, warning that families were being “destroyed” by it.
Although nothing appears to have been said publicly, it is not known if a private exchange has taken place between Harry and his stepmother.
The couple and the Royal Family have not been exchanging birthday wishes publicly in recent months.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not appear to send a message to King Charles in November last year when he celebrated his 74th birthday and the couple did not post any pictures of the monarch on their Archewell website.
But just as they did with Camilla, William and Kate shared a tweet along with a picture writing: “Wishing a very happy birthday to His Majesty The King!”
When William celebrated his 41st birthday earlier this year, a message was not posted publicly but it was widely reported that the Duke contacted his older brother privately.
However, when Harry and Meghan’s youngest child, Lilibet, turned two in June, there was radio silence publicly from the Royal Family.
Last year, the Royal Family, King Charles and Queen Camilla, and William and Kate’s accounts all wished the little royal a happy birthday.
The Sussexes’ first born, Prince Archie, did not receive any birthday wishes on his big day this year either, his birthday falling on the same day as the Coronation in May.
Royal commentator and writer RS Locke told the Independent in June that the silence indicates the “social media practices going forward”.
They added: “King Charles’s decision not to publicly acknowledge his granddaughter’s birthday, nor Prince Archie’s last month, is a reflection of their strained relationship and likely an indication of the social media practices going forward.”