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William celebrates 42nd birthday after trip to Germany to see England in Euros

William, president of the FA, watched the team battle it out with Denmark at the Frankfurt Arena on Thursday.

The Prince of Wales is celebrating his 42nd birthday – the day after watching England’s disappointing Euro 2024 draw against Denmark.

William, president of the FA, was pictured alongside Denmark’s King Frederick as the two teams went head to head in Frankfurt, Germany, with the Three Lions drawing 1-1 in their second match of the tournament.

The Prince of Wales and King Frederik X of Denmark in the stands after the match in Frankfurt
William and King Frederik X of Denmark in the stands after the match in Frankfurt (Adam Davy/PA)

William has faced a challenging 12 months with both his wife the Princess of Wales and father the King diagnosed with cancer.

His birthday came amid speculation the future king supports his father’s slimmed-down approach to the monarchy and that William may not want his younger children Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis to be working royals.

The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden wrote that a friend of the prince told him: “When the older members of the family retire, His Royal Highness won’t be inviting anyone else to become working royals.

William and Kate with their family at Trooping the Colour
William and Kate with their family at Trooping the Colour (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“It remains to be seen if he will even want his two younger children to be working royals.”

Ten-year-old Prince George is a future king, but third in line Charlotte, aged nine, and fourth in line Louis, six, are spares to the heir and, therefore, not expected to ever reign as monarch.

Kate returned briefly to the public limelight at Trooping the Colour last weekend with William and their three children.

But in a personal message to the nation, the princess revealed although she is making good progress, she is “not out of the woods yet”.

Kate told how she has good days and bad days and is facing a few more months of chemotherapy treatment.

William was seen with his mother-in-law Carole Middleton this week on a day out at Royal Ascot, where he took to a carriage with his stepmother the Queen for the traditional procession along the course.

The Prince of Wales at Royal Ascot
The Prince of Wales at Royal Ascot on Wednesday (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born second in line to the throne at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, at 9.03pm on June 21 1982.

He weighed 7lb 1 1/2oz and was the first-born son of the then-Prince and the Princess of Wales.

At just nine months old, he accompanied his parents on a six-week official visit to Australia and New Zealand, which was a break from tradition with royal babies usually left at home in the care of nannies.

A baby Prince William with his mother the Princess of Wales in 1983
A baby Prince William with his mother the Princess of Wales in 1983 (PA)

His mother Diana, who separated from the then-Prince of Wales in 1992, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

William was just 15 and his brother Prince Harry 12, and the boys walked behind the princess’s coffin during a funeral procession through London.

The prince met Kate Middleton at St Andrews University in Fife, and the pair married at Westminster Abbey in 2011 after dating for more than eight years.

Newlywed William and Kate in the carriage procession after Westminster Abbey
Newlywed William and Kate in the carriage procession after their wedding at Westminster Abbey (Matt Cardy/PA)

They welcomed their first child George in 2013, followed by Charlotte in 2015, and then Louis in 2018.

After the death of the late Queen in 2022, the King announced in his first historic address that he had made William and Kate the new Prince and Princess of Wales.

William has a long-running rift with his brother the Duke of Sussex, with no sign yet of a reconciliation.

The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips following Queen Elizabeth II's coffin on the day of her funeral
The Prince of Wales, the Duke of Sussex and Peter Phillips following Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin on the day of her funeral (Emilio Morenatti/PA)

The fallout originated ahead of Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, and worsened after the accusations Harry publicly levelled at his brother in his double tell-alls: his Netflix documentary and his memoir Spare.

When their joint friend the Duke of Westminster married in Chester Cathedral earlier this month, William acted as an usher, but Harry mutually agreed with the groom that he would not attend.

Prince of Wales Homewards initiative
William visiting a Pret A Manger store in Bournemouth as he met representatives from businesses pledging their support to his Homewards project (Chris Jackson/PA)

Since his last birthday, William has launched Homewards, his five-year drive to eradicate homelessness in six locations around the UK.

His other key focuses include raising mental health awareness, and the Earthshot Prize, his £50 million environmental competition to find solutions to help the planet.

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