He’s earned himself a reputation as one of the most beloved royals around, and Prince Harry was certainly feeling the love as he celebrated his 34th birthday on Saturday.
The young prince received thousands of birthday messages from fans around the world and a few special tributes from the royal family themselves.
Kensington Palace, which looks after Harry and his wife Meghan as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared a gorgeous photo of the prince and thanked fans for their lovely messages on The Duke of Sussex’s birthday.
Also posting to Instagram, The Royal Family, which is the larger group that represents the Queen and the family as a whole, shared a smiling snap of Harry taken on a recent day out at the The Royal Marines Commando Training Centre.
Perhaps the best tribute of all though came from royal commentator Omid Scobie, who posted a delightful video of Harry dancing to the Katy Perry song ‘Firework’. Taken in 2014 on a trip to Chile, the clip shows the prince getting his groove on at the Fund Amigos de Jesus daycare centre.
Showing off his silly side, Harry is seen shaking his tail feather and having a laugh with teachers and a student during the song.
The prince is renowned for his ability to balance his fun, and often cheeky, sense of humour with his more serious side, a trait those close to him say he inherited from his mother, Diana.
In 2017, Elton John told documentary Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy that Harry was similar to his mother in many ways and had inherited her most special gift.
“She had that incredible ability — which [Harry] kind of inherited — to make people feel at ease and make them feel that everything’s gonna be all right,” Elton said.
“I haven’t experienced many people in my life who have that ability, but she could walk into a room of people and make them feel as if everything was great.”
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Of course, like his mother, Harry also has a silly side and he’s well-known for poking fun at himself and the rest of the royals.
He recently joked to a group young people who won places on the Royal Household Caribbean Hospitality Scholarship initiative that they’d spent more time at Buckingham Palace than he had and, according to Metro, told them not to panic if they bump into the Queen in the corridor because “we all do”.
“Have you bumped into the Queen yet? If you suddenly bump into her in the corridor, don’t panic. I know you will. We all do,” he laughed.
Harry also frequently pokes fun at his big brother’s thinning hair and joked after William and Kate announced they were expecting their second baby that he couldn’t wait to see the future king suffer.
“I can’t wait to see my brother suffer more and, with any luck, if it’s a girl he’ll suffer even greater,” he laughed at the time. “I’d love to see him try and cope with that!”
The Palace has not revealed details of how Harry planned to spend his big day, his first as a married man, but wife Meghan will no doubt make it a special occasion.