Today has been the thirtieth birthday of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
I recall very well the day of his birth, although I am not sure if seems in my mind to be more or less than thirty years ago in terms of my own perception.
Those thirty years have not always been easy ones for the Monarchy, and certainly cannot have always been easy ones for the Prince himself.
Nevertheless both he and the institution to which he is heir appear to be in very good form, and he embodies and, so far as can be seen, fulfills many hopes and expectations. I am very happy indeed to express my good wishes to him on this birthday and to give thanks for what he has already achieved and promises for the future.