Sarah Ferguson celebrated a huge milestone this week as she marked her 60th birthday on Tuesday, as members of the royal family took to social media to post sentimental tributes in honour of the Duchess of York’s special day.
It was her youngest daughter Princess Eugenie who shared the most touching message, as the 29-year-old uploaded a series of childhood photos of herself and Sarah, including one which showed the young princess, with her hair pulled into cute bunches, reading a book to her mother.
Sharing the sweet images on Instagram just hours ago, Eugenie wrote: “To my beautiful Mumma – Happy 60th Birthday. You are an inspiration and one of the people I admire most in this world. Thank you for being you. I love you to the moon and back.”
The other images included one of the pair on a skiing holiday, along with a photograph that seems to show Eugenie dressed in a nursery uniform as she clambers out of a car alongside Fergie. Another photo shows the doting mother-of-two fixing her daughter’s hair, with a broad smile on her face, while the final photo shows the duchess cradling her youngest child as a baby.
Fergie’s ex-husband Prince Andrew also shared a public tribute to his former spouse on social media, despite the couple divorcing after 10 years of marriage in 1996. He wrote: “Wishing @sarahferguson15 a very Happy 60th Birthday!”
The Duke of York, who remains on very good terms with his ex-wife, with the couple even living on the same property, also shared a series of photographs alongside his message. One of the images showed the family of four, along with Princess Beatrice and Eugenie’s respective partners, standing outside Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour earlier this year.
Prince Andrew also shared two images of Sarah carrying out her charity work as fans commented on the post, sharing their own birthday wishes for the duchess. One wrote: “60? I don’t believe it. It honestly feels like yesterday that I watched Andrew and Sarah get married. It was a lovely day and the two daughters now all grown up as well! Happy Birthday to our dear Fergie!”
Another said: “Happy Birthday Sarah, May you always keep on smiling.” While a third commented: “Happy 60th Birthday Sarah Duchess of York! God Bless You Always!”
Fergie also wrote a message of her own as she thanked the public for their messages on her big day. Taking to Instagram, she shared a photograph of herself presenting an award to Sir David Attenborough in Sweden earlier this year.
“Thank you all for the birthday messages!” she wrote alongside the image. “This is one of the highlights of my life.”
It has been a busy few weeks for Fergie as she recently celebrated the engagement of eldest daughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo ‘Edo’ Mapelli Mozzi. The couple revealed their big news at the end of September, after Edo popped the question earlier that month during a trip to Italy.
“We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement,” the couple said in a statement. “We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to actually be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know that this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness”
Meanwhile Sarah said of the news: “I know what a mother feels so I have tears of joy. I am so proud of this sensational news. Andrew and I are just the luckiest people ever to have two great sons in law.”