William’s sweet pet name in Father’s Day message to Charles day after Kate’s return

Photo issued by the prince, taken on June 12 1984 shows William and Charles playing football together

Luke O'Reilly
Sunday 16 June 2024 23:26 BST
King Charles and Queen Camilla take part in Trooping the Colour

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The Prince of Wales has shared a photo of him playing football with the King to mark Father’s Day.

The image of William and Charles together in the gardens of Kensington Palace was taken on 12 June, 1984 and has been shared on the same day England launches its Euro 2024 campaign.

“Happy Father’s Day, Pa,” the social media post, personally signed by William, said. The photo shows an almost two-year-old William in short dungarees and a stripey blue top and the King in a grey double-breasted suit kicking a small football.

William playing football with his father in 1984
William playing football with his father in 1984 (PA/PA Wire)

Later that same year William would gain a younger brother, with the Duke of Sussex born in September.

It comes after Charles’s official birthday celebrations on Saturday, where the Princess of Wales made her first public appearance this year.

Kate looked relaxed during her first day in the spotlight following her cancer diagnosis for the traditional Trooping the Colour ceremony.

With the King also suffering from cancer, it was a rare joint public outing for the entire family after a period of uncertainty.

Father and son 40 years later on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour
Father and son 40 years later on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for Trooping the Colour (AP)

She rode to the event in a carriage with her children, while William, the Princess Royal, and the Duke of Edinburgh were on horseback.

The King also rode in a carriage with the Queen, a departure from last year because of his illness.

Kate and members of the royal family were cheered when they were first spotted in The Mall.

Both Kate and Charles have thanked the public for their support after going public with their illnesses, with Kate saying she had been “blown away” by the “kind messages” that had made a “world of difference to William and me and has helped us both through some of the harder times”.

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