THE Queen has marked Kate Middleton’s 40th birthday by sharing her well wishes in a touching Instagram post.

Shared on the official Royal Family account, the post included a series of touching photos of the monarch alongside her granddaughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.

The message, likely to have been written by a member of the Queen's social media team, read: “?Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!”

The first image sees Her Majesty sat next to Kate on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee tour, sat together at Vernon Park in Nottingham in 2012.

In the next image the two women can be seen on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at Trooping the Colour in 2016.

The third is a rather touching tribute to the women’s first solo engagement together after Kate and William married in 2011, when Kate joined the Queen in Leicester a year later.

The final photo captures, Kate, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Queen surrounding an enormous cake during a visit to the Eden Project last year.

Meanwhile Prince Charles was also quick to wish his daughter-in-law a happy 40th birthday.

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Sharing his message on the official Clarence House Instagram account, which he shares with Camilla, he wrote: “Wishing The Duchess of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday today!”

The post was accompanied by three more photos of Kate, including a touching exchange between the Duchess and Charles at the Festival of Remembrance in 2021.

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The images by Paolo Roversi were inspired by royal portraits of the past.

Kate will celebrate her 40th privately and at home with husband Prince William, 39, and their three children George, eight, Charlotte, six, and three-year-old Louis.

But she released three photos that pay tribute publicly to Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria.

Kate — who studied art history at university and has curated an exhibition on 19th century art — is said to have chosen Italian Mr Roversi because she admires his style of photography.

The portraits were taken at Kew Gardens in November.

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