“Enjoy this next chapter of your life – the best is yet to come.”

While we all enjoyed a long weekend, it looks like Dubai’s royal family had even more reason to celebrate. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and HRH Princess Haya bint Al Hussein’s youngest daughter, Al Jalila, turned 10 on Saturday.

There’s a certain synchronicity to a member of the royal family having a birthday on National Day, no?

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To mark her daughter’s special day, Princess Haya posted a collage of sweet photos to Instagram. Al Jalila is shown with her horses, mid-cartwheel, and hanging out with dogs – she’s clearly a bright, active girl. But it was the caption that went with the shots that really stood out to us.

“Happy Birthday to our wonderful little lady” Princess Haya wrote. “It has been so much fun seeing you grow into the incredible person that you are.

“Your father and I are so proud of you, and we are so blessed to have such a sweet, loving, kind and smart daughter. Enjoy this next chapter of your life – the best is yet to come. We love you!”

It’s a series of lovely sentiments, and we’d like to join the Princess in wishing Al Jalila many happy returns. Good stuff.

Princess Haya also shared this picture over the weekend…

Possibly not most successful fishing venture of all time, but hey, it’s the time together as a family that counts, right?

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