In Pictures: 35 photos to mark Harry’s 35th birthday

The Duke of Sussex is celebrating his birthday, so here’s 35 photos to mark Harry’s 35 years.

The Prince and Princess of Wales’s youngest son was born at 4.20pm on September 15 1984, weighing 6lb 14oz.

He came into the world at the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, central London, in the same room where older brother Prince William was born two years earlier.

Newborn Harry
The Prince and Princess of Wales following the birth of their second son, Prince Harry (PA)

Charles told crowds outside that his second son had “pale blue eyes” and hair of “a sort-of indeterminate colour”.

He was named Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales, but the Waleses announced he was to be known as Harry.

Prince Harry carried by Diana at airport
Prince Harry in May 1985 (PA)

Harry was pictured with his mother as an eight-month-old, dressed in a bobble hat tied under his chin, at an airport after disembarking the Queen’s Flight.

The youngster was also a regular on the Buckingham Palace balcony for Trooping the Colour and was pictured in 1986, pursing his lips and puffing out his cheeks as he watched the celebrations with Diana and William.

Trooping the Colour 1986
Harry, aged nearly two, pulls a face on the balcony of Buckingham Palace with Lady Davina Windsor, Prince William, Princess Michael of Kent and the Princess of Wales (PA)
At the polo
William and Harry at Cirencester Park in Gloucestershire as the Prince of Wales was playing a charity polo match in 1987 (Ron Bell/PA)

Harry had a hernia operation at Great Ormond Street in 1988 when he was just three.

He was seen heading back to nursery, wearing striped bermuda shorts and a leather bomber jacket, after recovering from the surgery.

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Three-year-old Prince Harry on his first day back at nursery after a hernia operation (PA)

In 1989, five-year-old Harry was dressed up in a wide-brimmed hat, frills and a large burgundy sash as a pageboy at the wedding of his uncle Viscount Althorp, now Earl Spencer, in 1989.

Harry as a pageboy
Harry as a pageboy at the wedding of his uncle Viscount Althorp and Victoria Lockwood in 1989 (Tony Harris/PA)

As a youngster, Harry was only called “Henry” when he had been “very, very naughty”, Charles revealed.

Harry and Beatrice
Prince Harry, on his sixth birthday, puts his hand over the mouth of two-year-old Princess Beatrice (Martin Keene/PA)

On his sixth birthday, the prince was spotted putting his hand over the mouth of two-year-old Princess Beatrice on the palace balcony as they watched the Battle of Britain 50th Anniversary Parade in 1990.

Harry had already become known for greeting photographers by sticking his tongue out.

Harry at the Portland
Prince Harry pulls a face at the media while his mother talks to the Duke of York after they visited the Duchess of York in hospital following the birth of Princess Beatrice (Martin Keene/PA)

Harry and William channelled double-denim in 1991 when they visited HMCS Ottawa in Toronoto, Canada, and were given baseball caps by the ship’s crew.

In Toronto
William and Harry in baseball caps given to them by the crew of the Canadian frigate HMCS Ottowa in Toronto in 1991 (Martin Keene/PA)

The prince, then third in line to the throne, was educated at Mrs Mynors Nursery School in west London, then pre-prep Wetherby School, followed by Ludgrove School in Berkshire, and Eton.

Harry in 1991
The prince arriving for a school carol concert at St Matthew’s church, London, in 1991 (Martin Keene/PA)

He showed an interest in the Army at an early edge and was delighted at the chance to ride in a light tank during a visit to the barracks of the Light Dragoons in Hannover, Germany, in 1993.

Prince Harry Visits Barracks of the Light Dragoons – Hanover, Germany
Harry rides in a tank in Hannover, Germany (Martin Keene/PA)
Harry in Austria
Diana, William and Harry in a horse-drawn sleigh as they leave their hotel in Lech, Austria, in 1994 (PA)
Eton
The Waleses on William’s first day at Eton in 1995 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Behind the scenes, Harry witnessed the breakdown of his parents’ marriage.

Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and finally divorced in 1996.

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Eleven-year-old Harry in Klosters, Switzerland, in 1996
Tobogganing
Harry on a toboggan ride with Charles in January 1997 (John Stillwell/PA)

Harry was only 12 when Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.

His openness in recent years about how he battled to cope and how he came close to a “complete breakdown” after not talking about his mother’s death has won plaudits from mental health charities.

Diana's funeral
The princes bow their heads as their mother’s coffin is taken out of Westminster Abbey following her funeral (Adam Butler/PA)

In the years that followed, media agreements to leave Harry and William alone in the wake of Diana’s death while they were still in education meant that the reporting on their teen years was limited.

Two months after Diana was killed, Harry joined his father on tour in South Africa, meeting the Spice Girls and Nelson Mandela.

Harry and the Spice Girls
Harry with Spice Girls Mel B, Emma Bunton and Victoria Adams in South Africa in 1997 (John Stillwell/PA)
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Fifteen-year-old Harry with braces in 1999 (PA)

When Harry completed his studies at Eton, he posed for photos in his college room.

In the cluttered dwelling, which he decorated himself, was a framed black and white portrait of his late mother, a large England flag, an Indian-style fabric wall-hanging, several mugs, some Duchy Originals mineral water, a can of Lynx deodorant, and a number of bikini-clad pin-up posters of predominantly blondes including the model Caprice.

Prince Harry at Eton
Harry in his room at Eton in 2003 (Kirsty Wiggleworth/PA)

Harry produced his fair share of scandal over the years.

He brawled with a paparazzi photographer, dabbled with cannabis, sparked worldwide outrage by dressing up as a Nazi and stripped off in Las Vegas during a game of billiards.

Prince Harry Visits Australia
Harry yelps in pain after being pricked by an echidna named Spike in Sydney, Australia, at the start of his gap year (Phil Noble/PA)
Harry playing polo
William looks on as the Prince of Wales and Harry share a joke at Cirencester Park Polo Club in 2004 (Barry Batchelor/PA)

The prince also set up his own charity Sentebale to help orphaned children in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho.

Prince Harry in Lesotho
Harry leads young orphan Mutsu Potsane, four, to plant a peach tree together at the Mants’ase Children’s Home for orphans in Lesotho (John Stillwell/PA)

He spent 10 years in the forces after training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Harry graduating from Sandhurst
Prince Harry smiles broadly as his grandmother the Queen reviews him and other officers during The Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst in 2006 (James Vellacott/PA)

Harry fought for his country in the Army, undertaking two frontline tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Harry in Afghanistan
Harry in a Spartan armoured vehicle in the desert in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan in 2008 (John Stillwell/PA)

Now a full-time royal, he is passionate about his charitable causes, including supporting military veterans by setting up the Invictus Games, as well as backing mental health campaigns and carrying out his role as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

He represented his grandmother the Queen overseas for the first time in 2012 on a successful tour to Belize, the Bahamas and Jamaica to mark her Diamond Jubilee, and again in 2016 on a two-week tour to the Caribbean which saw him play cricket, release baby turtles into the sea and get tested for HIV with superstar Rihanna to raise awareness on World Aids Day.

Harry in Jamaica
Harry is first out of the blocks against Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt in Jamaica in 2012 (John Stillwell/PA)
London 2012
Harry cheers on Great Britain in the men’s team sprint with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during the London 2012 Olympics (John Giles/PA)
Harry in the US
The prince during his visit to the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, on a tour to the US in 2013 (Bruce Adams/Daily Mail/PA)
Garden Party at Buckingham Palace
The Princess Royal, The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Harry before a garden party for members of the Household Cavalry at Buckingham Palace in 2014 (John Stillwell/PA)

Harry met Suits star Meghan Markle on a blind date in 2016 and his romance with the American actress developed quickly.

Theatre dates followed, along with romantic African holidays and expeditions to see the Northern Lights.

Harry and Meghan
Harry and Meghan Markle watch wheelchair tennis at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada (Danny Lawson/PA)

Six months in and just days after it became public they were dating, Harry took the unusual step of issuing a lengthy statement condemning media treatment of his girlfriend and criticising the “wave of abuse and harassment” she was facing.

Harry proposed during a cosy night in over a roast chicken and designed his future wife an engagement ring made using two diamonds from Diana’s personal collection and a central diamond sourced from Botswana.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)

The couple married in a glittering ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in May 2018.

At the start of the newlyweds’ tour of Australia in the autumn of 2018, it was announced Meghan was expecting a baby.

Bondi Beach
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex meet members of surfing community group One Wave during a visit to South Bondi Beach in Sydney (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Harry on a walkabout
Harry hugs India Brown at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne (Phil Noble/PA)

Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born in May 2019, with proud father Harry describing his son as “absolutely to-die-for” and his birth as the “most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined”.

Royal baby
Harry and Meghan with newborn Archie (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Harry’s engagements in 2019 have included a fundraising concert at Hampton Court for Sentebale, launching Made in Sport to help deliver sport in disadvantage communities, attending the Lion King European premiere, visiting Sheffield Children’s Hospital and marking five years of the Invictus Games.

Family celebrations have included the wedding of Lady Gabriella Windsor, where he was pictured with his grandmother the Queen.

Lady Gabriella Windsor's wedding
The Queen with her grandson Harry (Steve Parsons/PA)

Harry faced a row in the summer over his use of private jets despite championing environmental issues.

Harry visits Sheffield
Harry plays with one-year-old Noah Nicholson during his visit to Sheffield Children’s Hospital (Chris Jackson/PA)

The Sussexes are about to embark on their first official overseas tour as family of three, when they head to South Africa in just over a week’s time with Archie.

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