Celebrity birthdays 16 April: Claire Foy, Queen Margrethe and Akon

A very happy birthday to these famous faces!

Happy birthday to Claire Foy, Queen Margrethe and Akon, who are all celebrating their birthdays on 16 April! They will be poignant occasions for both The Crown star and real-life royal Margrethe; Claire announced her separation from her husband earlier this year, while the Danish monarch sadly lost her husband, Henri, in February. In honour of their birthdays, both ladies will no doubt be surrounded by their loved ones, who will pull out all the stops to ensure they celebrate in style. We take a closer look at the celebs celebrating their birthdays today…

Claire Foy

The Crown star will turn 34 on 16 April, and is most likely to celebrate her special day with her three-year-old daughter with estranged husband Stephen Campbell Moore. The couple announced the end of their three-year marriage in February, telling HELLO! in a joint statement: "We can confirm that we have separated and have been for some time. We do however continue as great friends with the utmost respect for one another. We ask for our privacy during this time." Claire, meanwhile, has a busy year ahead following her departure from The Crown. She has three films set for release in 2018; Unsane, First Man and The Girl In The Spider's Web.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark

The Queen of Denmark will celebrate her 78th birthday on 16 April – her first birthday as a widow. The Danish Royal Court has confirmed that she will continue to follow annual tradition, however, and will appear with the rest of the royal family on the balcony at Amalienborg Palace at midday. Next month, Margrethe's eldest son, Crown Prince Frederik, will celebrate a landmark birthday, celebrating his 50th birthday on 26 May.


Singer Akon is turning 45 on 16 April, and will no doubt be surrounded by his loved ones on his special day. The star has previously stated that he has six children with three different women, all of whom he has great relationships with. Just last month, Akon made headlines when he said he would hypothetically consider running for president in 2020 – and would pick Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg as his vice president. "I think sometimes it takes people from the outside, that really see life differently, to make differences," he told TMZ.