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Happy 31st Birthday, Prince William! 

June 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM ET

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walks in procession with Prince William, right, in the annual Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle, England, Monday, June 17...
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Birthday boy William does his princely duty alongside Queen Elizabeth II at the annual Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle in England on June 17.

Prince William is celebrating his 31st birthday today!

Quite a lot has happened since crowds chanted, “Nice one Charlie, nice one son, nice one Charlie, let’s have another one!” outside the London hospital where the father-to-be was born back in 1982.

This year, William will be "spending his birthday privately,” a St. James Palace spokesperson told TODAY.com. (Of course, that’s what St. James Palace said about Kate in January when she turned 31, though the duchess ended up at a Cirque du Soleil performance with friends and family.)

While we can’t pinpoint the prince’s plans, we do know he has much to celebrate. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, with a baby announcement, a world tour, Olympic fever, and a family photo scandal.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 15: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Catherine, Duchess of Cambrid...
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Prince William and Kate at the annual Trooping the Colour Ceremony on June 15. This was the Duchess of Cambridge's last public engagement before their baby is due to be born next month.

Duchess Kate has temporarily retired from the spotlight until the birth of the couple's child after a final public appearance at the Trooping the Colour parade on June 15.

But Prince William continues to cause quite the public stir all on his own — as evidenced by the expression on a very eager young admirer as she snapped the photo of her life on June 16 when she spotted William and Harry at a charity polo match in Tetbury, England. The birthday boy and his brother looked legitimately tickled.

TETBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 16: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Prince William, Duke of Camb...
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Prince William and Harry chuckle at an excited young fan after competing against one another in the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 16 in England.

And though this birthday doesn’t mark the age at which he can accept a $15.5 million inheritance (that was so last year) — at least he probably won’t be spending his day at work.

So cheers, William! Here’s to a happy, healthy (and baby-filled) year!

Image: The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend The St Patrick's Day Parade At Mons Barracks, Aldershot
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