Long has lived the king.
King Charles III marked his 75th birthday Tuesday, and the royal family’s official social media accounts celebrated in the most modern way possible: With a photo post, emojis included, of course.
On Twitter and Instagram, the @RoyalFamily account pressed the crown and birthday cake emojis into the service of their monarch alongside the message “Wishing His Majesty The King a happy 75th birthday.” They created a jazzy little video of an animated photo book flipping through the past three-quarters of a century of all things Charles, from an infant in the arms of his mother, Queen Elizabeth, through a knee sock-clad child, Charles with then-wife Princess Diana holding Prince Harry and Prince William, all the way through his coronation as king.
The virtual photo album features Diana twice, in two photos with the couple’s sons as babies, and the estranged Prince Harry is pictured with his father in happier times, like a 1997 trip the two took to South Africa.
Charles will reportedly celebrate his milestone birthday with a rousing day of work—launching the charitable Coronation Food Project—and a private celebration with friends and family in the very same place he was born those 75 years ago: Buckingham Palace. Charles was the first birth at the royal residence since 1886. On Monday, Charles was fêted a day early with a party at Highgrove. Then there’s also June’s Trooping the Colour, the country’s official celebration of the monarch’s birthday, because tradition dictates that it’s not really a party until a military parade is involved.
The official Instagram account for William and Kate Middleton also shared birthday well-wishes for the king, with a three-photo carousel beginning with a photo of William and his father with their arms slung over one another’s shoulders. Notably absent from all three slides: Little brother Harry, who also has a strained relationship with William after resigning as a senior royal in 2020.