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Monday, 26 June, 2000, 09:21 GMT 10:21 UK
Your birthday greetings to Prince William

Prince William celebrates his 18th birthday this week. So far the future king has been shielded from the intense curiosity of the world's media.

But as he enters adulthood he is bound to attract more attention and controversy.

What are your hopes for his future? What birthday message would you like to send him?

Send your greetings to the young prince as he comes of age. We will pass on a selection of them to him to wish him well on his special day.

This birthday tribute page is now closed. Read a selection of your greetings to Prince William below.


May you have the peace to become who you wish. May you have the strength to rise to the challenges we all must face throughout life. May you have the introspective ability to cherish the quiet moments. May you have the insight to remember the "common man" - that is all of us. May you find great happiness as you embark on your journey that is life. Happy birthday! Take care.
Karen, USA

Happy birthday Prince William. Wishing you laughter and joy.
Meera Mishra, Fiji



Find yourself a good disguise and celebrate your birthday wandering around London's pubs and clubs

Alessandro Nicolau, Brazil UK

I think you should do what some other rulers have done in history. Find yourself a good disguise and celebrate your birthday wandering around London's pubs and clubs. You'll probably love it!
Alessandro Nicolau, Brazil

A very happy birthday. I bet you're a son any mother could be proud off.
Nora Shah, Malaysia

It is commendable to see you're studying on a day when most young men would throw caution to the wind!
Norman Brooks, USA

Happy birthday! Prince in shining armour!
Benu and Shanta Shova Tuladhar, Kathmandu, Nepal

Happy 18th birthday William! I'm sure you'll have a great time!!
Ruth Ellen Betson, Switzerland



It's really comforting to know that the future king is just a typical teenager in many ways like the rest of us

Shahj, UAE
A big happy 18th birthday to the future King of England! It's really comforting to know that the future king is just a typical teenager in many ways like the rest of us. I am 17 and I really do admire how you are able to handle all the attention you get. Hope you do well in your A level exams and get into the university of your choice. Here's hoping that all your wishes get fulfilled, especially the one about being left alone by the media. Cheers, enjoy life, cause the teens are the best days of our lives!
Shahj, UAE

Prince William, may you have an 18th birthday to remember. You have the strength, courage, charisma and wisdom inherited from both your parents to lead a nation. May you be the best King, England ever had!
Charne, South Africa



You are just beginning a wonderful and exciting stage in life. I am sure you'll do fine

Collins Titus Ng'Eno, Kenya
Happy 18th birthday. You are just beginning a wonderful and exciting stage in life. I am sure you'll do fine. Enjoy!
Collins Titus Ng'Eno, Kenya

Hope you have a great birthday and a nice life.
Chantal, Netherlands

Happy birthday from Dallas, the Lone Star State, Texas! Hope y'all have wonderful day. Keep your nose in the books, but, don't forget to stop and smell the roses and most of all, enjoy life and HAVE FUN!!!
Darlene Brennand, USA

Prince William, happy birthday! Hope you will make Queen Elizabeth II proud of you. She truly deserves it. We still respect her lifestyle very much.
Indira Fernando, Sri Lanka



Have a fantastic party! Hope you'll come to visit us when you're down in this part of the world

Alex, Chile
Have a fantastic party! Hope you'll come to visit us when you're down in this part of the world.
Alex, Chile

I wish you a very happy 18th birthday and the best for the years ahead. God bless you.
Claudia Schilowsky, Austria

Happy Birthday Wills. Hope you have a wonderful time and all the best in your future years! Have a drink for us chum!
Michele, Australia

A very happy birthday, William. We all love you as you are, so be yourself and keep smiling.
Blanka Happach, Poland

As you enter adulthood, being a future king really is a great responsibility that you are going to face as time comes nearer and nearer. Being 18 years old is still early and you're still young to face it all, for the meantime relax and enjoy yourself. Long live the future King of England.
Riajen, Philippines



Don't let that obsequious crowd of courtiers and advisors browbeat you, be your own man, if this treads on corns, so what!

Steve Foley, England
As a Republican I wish, with no personal malice, that you NEVER ascend to the Throne - as by the time that comes round I hope that we have a President. Nevertheless, have a happy 18th Birthday. Don't let that obsequious crowd of courtiers and advisors browbeat you, be your own man, if this treads on corns, so what!
Steve Foley, England

You represent everything that should be right about this country, but that sadly is in decline. I am near your age and you are a great, positive role model to so many others and myself. I admire your courtesy, your tolerance and level-headedness, but also your wish to 'blend in' with society and stand up against the constant and ugly press intrusion. I wish you all the best for the future and look forward to the day when you will be our King. Happy Birthday!
Jonathan Brusby, England

Happy Birthday! Wow - 18. I know how that feels. I am also 18. Even though I do not know you, I know how I feel as an 18-year-old, and you must have some of the same feelings. I admire you for the way you handle your celebrity status and still deal with the pressures of growing up. I know you'll do wonderfully in life, as King or not. Life is a sport, play hard.
Stephanie MacDonald, Halifax, NS, Canada



18 is a difficult age, especially for a future king, but be happy and be yourself

Shirley Wales, Canada
Wishing you a very happy 18th birthday. 18 is a difficult age, especially for a future king, but be happy and be yourself. Enjoy the simple things in life. You are doing just fine and your mother would be very proud of you.
Shirley Wales, Canada

I have lived the same life your Mum has, only not as famous. I married one week after she did in the same year, I have two boys, one your age, and one younger, and I've encountered marital problems, leading to divorce. I can really relate to her and I really admired her strength. All the best on your eighteenth birthday. Have fun!
Filomena, Canada

Happy 18th Birthday Prince William. Hope you have a great gap year and I hope the media gives you the privacy you desire.
Denise Green, Ontario, Canada

Good luck mate.
Richard, UK



Stay the strong, dignified and upstanding young man that you have become.

Pete, Canada
Wishing you all the best on your 18th birthday. Stay the strong, dignified and upstanding young man that you have become. I look forward to serving you as my future King and I look forward to doing so with pride. I hope that as you move into adulthood that we shall be privileged with seeing you more and more often here in Canada.
Pete, Canada

Good luck in adulthood and don't let people get to you.
Will, UK

Have a very happy birthday, and make sure you do what you want to do, not what "advisors" say. You are what you are, and no one can change you or your life. I am much younger than you (15), I hope you will lead every person in the UK to a good monarchy when you heir to the throne, and so will millions around the world.
Sian, Scotland

A very happy 18th birthday to you. Have fun and celebrate the whole year, because when you become king, the parties will be working ones and most likely boring.
Erica Virtue, Jamaica



You have been blessed with many riches, I hope you will put them to good use,

Susan Schlesinger, Germany
I wish you a happy, sunny and untroubled day. For your future, I wish you God's guidance, wisdom, perseverance and courage to set your sights on what you believe to be right. You have been blessed with many riches, I hope you will put them to good use, and be in turn a blessing to others. Happy Birthday, William, and good luck in your A-Levels! God Bless.
Susan Schlesinger, Germany

Take some time from your studies to relax and enjoy YOUR day. We are all so proud, here in Toronto, of the fine young man you are becoming. Your mother's light shines through you. She will always watch over you and guide you. Always be true to yourself and listen to what's in your heart, and you can never go wrong.
Amy Winston, Canada

As you enter adulthood I pray that God will give you wisdom to lead your country just as he did for King Soloman in Bible times.
Tanya Simmons, USA



Be strong, be your own self.

Yin Fan, Malaysia
Wishing you a very happy 18th birthday and many happy returns of the day. Be strong, be your own self and I'm positive you'll be a great person. All the best to you. May God bless you.
Yin Fan, Malaysia

Have a great 18th birthday, and many happy returns of the day.
Nayapal Pande, USA

A very happy birthday to you. Your mother would have been so proud of you. May God bless you and your brother and keep you both safe.
Rose Mills, USA

Happy birthday William, may the Lord bless you always. Live your life to the fullest. We all love you here in the Far East.
Ivy Cyryll Brazil Yamat, Philippines

Happy birthday and don't do anything I wouldn't do. Good luck in the last of your exams
Jojo Wells, Nicaragua

We in Toronto want to wish you a very happy 18th birthday. My grandmother is also celebrating her birthday on June 21. I am also 18 years old and I admire you for being so humble and down to earth. I know your mother, Princess Diana is always watching and guiding you in everything you do. I hope you will share your good fortune with less fortunate teenagers in the world.
Jennifer Jaluague, Canada

Stick to your guns, William, and don't let the media run your life.
Jerry Anderson, USA



You are an inspiration to this country.

Cheryl Mays, England
Wishing you a very happy 18th Birthday William. You are an inspiration to this country and it has a wonderful future to come when you become King.
Cheryl Mays, England

I would like to wish you a very happy 18th birthday and many, many more. You have turned into a good young man and everyone here is proud of you and want only the very best the world has to offer for you.
Robert F. Milling, United States

I feel that I am more fortunate than you, though I am handicapped, because I have my whole family to celebrate with me. Always treasure what you have now. All what I can say is belated birthday to you.
Huiqing, Singapore

Remember that you should take care of yourself more than anyone else, You are one of the greatest symbols for millions all over the world, all will be watching you, may God fill you with His blessings and love.
Nasif Rafiq, Palestinian in Chile



I remember the day you were born. I was going to be 10 and my Mum was hoping your Mum would have you the same day

Rachelle Garcia, USA
William, I am also a June 21st baby, and I remember the day you were born. I was going to be 10, and my Mum was hoping your Mum would have you the same day. When it happened she was so excited!
I've been very happily married now for 6 years, and really that is the best thing I can wish you. No amount of privilege, power, or wealth can ever compare with love. Find someone you truly love, and just be happy.
Happy Birthday! I'll be thinking about you, as I always do on our birthday :)
Rachelle Garcia, USA (formerly Northampton UK)

Happy birthday. May all your wishes come true.
Yung, Hong Kong

Dear Prince William
I wish you a very happy 18th birthday and a very positive future. Your birthday is also special to me because it is my birthday too!
Best wishes for the years ahead.
Yue Sern Mok, Australia



Have fun and don't let a bunch of 'busy bodies' rob you of it!

Dave Adams, USA
Dear Prince William:
Here is wishing you the very best for your birthday! Have fun and don't let a bunch of 'busy bodies' rob you of it! Blessings!
Dave Adams, USA

I hope he has the courage to get a real job and a real life, and refuses to participate in the sad freakshow which much of the rest of the Royal Family has become.
Pete Morgan-Lucas, Wiltshire, UK

I hope you find all the happiness and love in your future. You are the image of your mother and she would be very proud of you. As a Royal you will be living your life on the world stage, but hopefully if you let the media into your life for an update at appropriate intervals they won't hound you like they did your mother. I hope you have a very Happy Birthday. Best wishes to you always. You are fantastic.
Janet Wickens, Australia

Just to say happy birthday and be your own person as your dear mother would have wished, she would have been so proud of you have a wonderful day and all the best for your future. You share the same birthday as my husband of 28 years. All I can say is be happy and god bless you dear prince William
Lynette Brownbill, UK

Wishing you lots of success, good health, love and happiness in the years ahead. Many happy returns as you celebrate a special birthday, to a wonderful young man.
Rose de Vries, Vancouver, Canada

Think wide and deep. Make yourself on your own. Make yourself aware of what all sorts of people are. Forget about your Mum's tragedy. 'Be yourself!' We all love you!
S Lee, UK

Happy birthday. May your life be filled with happiness and may you live a very long and a happy life. its nice to know you were born in june have the same star as mine
Muhammad, Pakistan

Happy 18th Birthday, Prince William! I will be celebrating my 19th birthday on June 21st as well. I wish you well in all your endeavours, and I hope that the media continues to support your privacy!
Taylor, USA

This sincere birthday wish comes to you from the opposite corner of the world...Wishing you many happy returns of the day and pray that your future be filled with health, success, happiness, laughter, joy and peace! May all your wishes come true, and be the king of millions.
Tse'wang Tashi, Taiwan

Dear Prince William: I wish a very happy 18th birthday, I myself will be celebrating my 18th birthday on the 25th. May God continue to bless you in all your future endeavors and especially in your kingship.
Charlie McCoy, United States

William, I am a secondary teacher who knows what teenagers go through. My own mother died while I was also quiet young. Both your parents have a lot in common even though they may not have realised it. They both sought to be their own person. It was hard on your Dad and even harder on your Mum. You will have to live within constraints but not bad ones, marry for love, no matter who she is, and love your people and your mum will be very happy.
Tom Murphy, Ireland

Best wishes on a beautiful journey into world on your 18th. One only wonders what all that great talent and intellect will bloom into. From the looks of the first 18 years we are in for many beautiful surprises in a world needing young leaders with great ideas that balance the world of science with compassion for every man. Dear William, you have it all.
Helen Krysiak, USA

To Prince William I hope that you have a happy birthday. I wish for you everything that you would wish for yourself. I want for you a peaceful life with as much freedom to be yourself as possible. Take care, live life to the full and may God bless you.
Ruth Barr, England

Dear William, Happy Birthday! I wish you abundance of knowledge and steadiness of mind.
Sriram Ranganathan, India

William, how about honouring the memory of your mother, by taking no further part in bloodsports?
Adam, UK

COMMENTS: Have a good one, do what you like, everyone deserves privacy, prince or no prince
Emily McCauley, Northern Ireland

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