Sarah Ferguson has thanked well-wishers for their ‘kind and thoughtful’ birthday messages – after Princess Eugenie shared a sweet tribute on Instagram to mark her mother’s milestone.
The Duchess of York, who turned 62 yesterday, took to Instagram to express her gratitude to her followers and shared a selection of images – including one of her blowing out a candle on a luxury cake.
‘Thank you so much to everyone for the kind and thoughtful birthday messages,’ Fergie wrote in the caption of the post, which included snaps of her sitting on a rock in a stream.
Sarah’s youngest daughter Princess Eugenie, 31, who welcomed her first child, August Brooksbank, in February this year, took to her social media account yesterday to send warm wishes to her ‘dearest Mumma’.
Eugenie shared a touching image in her post, with the snap – thought to be taken at the same time as Sarah’s outdoorsy photos – showing the royal being cuddled by her mother, while hiking on the Queen’s Balmoral Estate, according to Hello!.
The Duchess of York, who turned 62 yesterday, took to Instagram to express her gratitude to her followers and shared a selection of images – including one of her blowing out a candle on a luxury cake (pictured)
Princess Eugenie shared a sweet tribute to Sarah on Instagram to mark her mother’s 62nd birthday (pictured)
‘Thank you so much to everyone for the kind and thoughtful birthday messages,’ Fergie wrote in the caption of the post (pictured)
‘Happy birthday to my dearest Mumma,’ Eugenie wrote on Instagram, while sharing the snap of the two of them embracing.
Sarah and her daughter were suitably dressed for the occasion, with the former sporting a tartan shirt and a blue coat tied around her waist.
The Duchess of York’s hair was in a low-key up-do, while she held a pair of red glasses in her one hand.
Meanwhile, Eugenie sported a grey top with a navy button-up jacket wrapped around her waist, teamed with black trousers.
In one photograph shared by Sarah, the Duchess sported a tartan shirt while sitting on a rock in a stream
The Queen’s granddaughter completed her look with a pair of stylish sunglasses, while keeping her locks down.
It is believed the snap was taken at the Queen’s Balmoral Estate. The royals often spend a portion of their summer holidays at the monarch’s Scottish residence.
On Thursday, Eugenie joined her mother at China Tang restaurant to mark Fergie’s 62nd birthday.
Eugenie nailed smart casual for the outing sporting a monochrome look in a long sleeveless black dress layered over a long-sleeved white top, teamed with on-trend white trainers.
The Duchess of York’s hair was in a low-key up-do, while she held a pair of red glasses in her one hand (pictured)
Eugenie, 31, who welcomed her first child, August Brooksbank, in February this year, took to her social media account yesterday to send warm wishes to her ‘dearest Mumma’ (pictured)
Meanwhile, Fergie looked smart in a military inspired blazer and a knee-length black dress. She added a hint of fun to her outfit, teaming her smart ensemble with a pair of loafers emblazoned with cat faces.
Mother and daughter looked in great spirits as they made their way home after dining out, linking arms as they made their way down the street.
And it looked like they took home some treats, with Fergie toting a small box in her hand, while Eugenie carried a bag emblazoned with the upmarket restaurant’s logo.
Princess Beatrice, who recently welcomed her first daughter, Sienna with husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi, understandably missed out on the occasion.
The mother and daughter duo were seen celebrating the Duchess of York’s birthday out on the town on Thursday, as they stepped out at the China Tang restaurant in Mayfair (pictured)
It’s believed Eugenie is still on maternity leave from her role at gallery Hauser & Wirth where she’s a director, but she’s been keeping busy with her philanthropic interests.
Earlier this week, she had an article published in Spear’s magazine, which she co-wrote with Clare Brook, CEO of the Blue Marine Foundation, calling for greater protection of the world’s oceans.
‘There is only one ocean. The challenges it faces are sadly man-made and most can be turned around if we act now. If we work together to protect it, the ocean will protect us – in perpetuity,’ she said.
However, it’s no doubt been a rocky week for the York family as Prince Andrew’s legal woes rumble on.
Eugenie celebrated her third wedding anniversary with husband Jack Brooksbank earlier this week. Pictured, the couple during their wedding
On Sunday the Met announced it would take no further action over accuser Virginia Roberts’s allegation that she was trafficked to London as a 17-year-old and forced to have sex with Andrew, after its officers reportedly spoke with her.
It will also take no further action over claims that financier Epstein groomed and abused other young women in Britain.
And a source close to the Duke told MailOnline: ‘It comes as no surprise that the Met Police have confirmed that, having reviewed the sex assault claims against The Duke for a third time, they are taking no further action.
‘Despite pressure from the media and claims of new evidence, the Met have concluded that the claims are not sufficient to warrant any further investigation. The Duke has always vigorously maintained his innocence and continues to do so.’
However, he is still facing a civil lawsuit in New York in which Miss Roberts – who lives in Australia and is known by her married name, Giuffre – also claims she was forced to have sex with Andrew at Epstein’s mansion in New York and on Little St James, his private island in the Caribbean.
She alleges she was ‘trafficked’ to London in March 2001, where she was photographed next to Andrew in Maxwell’s house.
Andrew has insisted he has ‘no recollection’ of meeting Miss Roberts and has repeatedly denied her account of events.
He told a 2019 Newsnight interview he was at a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking, Surrey, on the day they supposedly went dancing and had sex.
He has hired a team of well-known US lawyers to fight Miss Roberts’ civil claim in New York, where a preliminary hearing is due to be held next month.