Prince William is celebrating his 40th birthday but sadly there’s one royal privilege he’s missed out on this year due to “financial challenges”.
- The Duke of Cambridge turned 40 years old on Tuesday, June 21st but unfortunately the future King didn’t enjoy a longstanding royal tradition.
- A major change was reported last year surrounding royal birthdays following the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
- This royal news comes as we revealed Kate Middleton is ‘tougher’ than she's given credit for as William relies on her like an anchor.
Just a few weeks after The Firm came together to honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend in the UK, Prince William has given them reason to celebrate once again. The Duke of Cambridge turned 40 on June 21st and reports have suggested the Queen is helping Kate Middleton and William celebrate both their 40th birthdays with a joint celebration reportedly planned. As the future King and second in the royal line of succession William is one of the most prominent members of the Royal Family.
But despite being a senior royal and celebrating such a milestone birthday, sadly it’s thought that there’s one royal privilege William won’t enjoy this year.
It’s understood that the Duke of Cambridge won’t get to enjoy the ringing of the Westminster Abbey bells in honour of his 40th birthday. Traditionally this significant tribute is believed to have been paid to all of the Queen’s children, as well as the Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges and their three kids.
However, last year it was reported by Hello! (opens in new tab) that a spokesperson for Westminster Abbey explained that due to “financial challenges” posed by the Covid-19 pandemic this would no longer be the case going forwards. Instead, the bells would only be rung for the birthdays of a very select number of royals indeed.
"The Abbey bells can be heard ringing out before services and in celebration of church festivals. The bells have also traditionally been rung to mark the birthdays of senior members of the Royal Family,” they stated before adding, "Due to the financial challenges posed to the Abbey by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in consultation with Buckingham Palace, the bells will now ring only for the birthdays of HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales."
This means that whilst Prince Charles and the Queen still get this birthday privilege, William’s milestone birthday will pass without it. Though as the future Prince of Wales, it’s perhaps possible that if this decision regarding the bells only being rung for the Prince of Wales and the monarch remains in place, he could potentially receive this tribute again when he takes on his future role.
Either way, William has experienced this exciting privilege in the past and even got to enjoy it on his wedding day. When William and Kate married the bells were rung and despite not having this tradition for his 40th, with sweet social media tributes from Charles and the Queen, he’s likely found his own wonderful way to celebrate with his nearest and dearest.
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, Goodto.com, and My Imperfect Life.
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