Milestone: Louise Redknapp took to her Instagram on Wednesday to wish her eldest son Charley a happy 18th birthday by posting a throwback bikini snap from his toddler years

Louise Redknapp posts a retro bikini snap to wish her Charley a happy 18th birthday

Louise Redknapp took to her Instagram on Wednesday to wish her eldest son Charley a happy 18th birthday.

The 47-year-old singer-songwriter shared a throwback bikini snap to mark the milestone. The adorable image shows her lying on a carriage as a toddler with a protective arm wrapped around Charley.

Louise’s ex-husband Jamie, 49, also paid tribute to the rising sports star on his big day when he posted a collection of throwback snaps on his account and revealed that “outstanding athlete” Charley will soon be relocating to America.

Milestone: Louise Redknapp took to her Instagram on Wednesday to wish her eldest son Charley a happy 18th birthday by posting a throwback bikini snap from his toddler years

The couple split in 2017 after 19 years of marriage following Louise’s appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

The former Eternal singer gushed about her son on her Instagram post, and joked that she’ll “probably hop on a plane to Arizona every weekend” when Charley takes the next step in his life.

Louise wrote: “I can’t put into words my big boy how much I love you and how proud I am of you.

“I can’t believe it’s been 18 years since you came into my world this time, you are my best friend, my rock and by my side since the day you were born.

Proud dad: Louise's ex-husband Jamie, 49, also paid tribute to the rising sports star on his big day when he posted a collection of throwback snaps to his account

Proud dad: Louise’s ex-husband Jamie, 49, also paid tribute to the rising sports star on his big day when he posted a collection of throwback snaps to his account

Happy Birthday!  The singer-songwriter, 47, joked that she will

Happy Birthday! The singer-songwriter, 47, joked that she will “probably hop on a plane to Arizona every weekend” as Charley takes the next step in his life

“You mean the world to me and I will be there for you in this next chapter of your life and drive you insane for being overly cautious and probably hopping on a plane to Arizona every weekend.”

Louise concludes: “Enjoy your day and night, I allow you to make a mess in the kitchen today… just this once! My superstar! Happy 18th Birthday Chaz. Dear mum. xxxx.”

Jamie also shared a series of throwback snaps of her son along with a heartfelt message to celebrate his birthday – and wishing him well as he jets off to the States for a sporting opportunity.

He wrote: “My big boy Charley turns 18 today! I’m so proud of you mate and the man you’ve turned into. You are incredibly charming, funny, smart, kind and an excellent athlete.

So cute: Jamie revealed that 'outstanding athlete' Charley will soon be moving to America as he posted a series of adorable throwback snaps to mark the occasion

So cute: Jamie revealed that ‘outstanding athlete’ Charley will soon be moving to America as he posted a series of adorable throwback snaps to mark the occasion

Out out: Another shot showed the couple in smart suits at a formal night out

Out out: Another shot showed the couple in smart suits at a formal night out

“Your next move in the US will be amazing and I can’t wait to watch you every step of the way. I love you so much. Your father.’

The album showed the father and son through the years, with Jamie including moving images of the couple from Charley’s childhood until recently.

One picture showed the couple playing soccer on the beach during a family vacation, while another shot showed the couple enjoying a formal night out.

Jamie’s two younger sons, Beau, 13 – who he also co-parents with Louise – and Raphael, eight months, posed by the pool during their recent holiday in Italy in a snap posted to Instagram on Tuesday night.

Boys, boys, boys: (LR) Charley, Raphael, eight months, Jamie and Beau, 13

Boys, boys, boys: (LR) Charley, Raphael, eight months, Jamie and Beau, 13

On Tuesday, the Sky Sports panelist was seen balancing on Beau’s shoulders as they splashed around in the pool, with sportsman Jamie holding Raphael’s hand.

Raphael was pictured standing on Charley’s shoulders as the group basked in the glorious sunshine.

Former soccer player Jamie captioned the snap: “Lads, lads, lads,” along with a red heart emoji and an Italian flag.

Raphael’s mother is Jamie’s wife, Swedish model and mother of five Frida Andersson, 38, whom he married at Chelsea Old Town Hall in October 2021.

Joy: Jamie sat on his beau's shoulders while holding his baby Raphael's hand

Joy: Jamie sat on his beau’s shoulders while holding his baby Raphael’s hand

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