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Like so many people celebrating milestones during the height of the pandemic, Sir

Like so many people celebrating milestones during the height of the pandemic, Sir Richard Branson was forced to put his 70th birthday party on hold two years ago. 

But the British billionaire made up for lost time when he finally marked the milestone with a bumper birthday bash on the high seas last week. 

Sir Richard, now 72, was surprised with a five-night Caribbean cruise onboard one of his luxury adults-only Virgin Voyages ships, taking in Miami, Mexico and Bimini in the Bahamas.

Friends including Spanx founder Sarah Blakely and glamorous Dutch model-actress Nicolette van Dam toasted his birthday at a string of events including a white party and a ‘Richard Through the Decades’ soiree. 

Musician son Sam, 37, performed a song called Sympathy For The Legend – inspired by the Rolling Stones hit – and proud daughter Holly, 40, was by her father’s side as the group sung a chorus of Happy Birthday in the ship’s two-storey club. 

‘The first big surprise was seeing everyone dressed as different moments from throughout my life,’ Sir Richard wrote in a blog post shared exclusively with FEMAIL. 

Party time! Sir Richard Branson made up for lost time and celebrated his 70th birthday with a belated week-long cruise on one of his Virgin Voyages ships. Pictured, the British entrepreneur with children Holly, 40, and Sam, 37, in a two-storey club on the ship

Party time!

Sir Richard Branson made up for lost time and celebrated his 70th birthday with a belated week-long cruise on one of his Virgin Voyages ships. Pictured, the British entrepreneur with children Holly, 40, and Sam, 37, in a two-storey club on the ship

Dress to impress! Dutch model-actress Nicolette van Dam and boyfriend Bas Smit pose with the birthday boy at his Richard Through the Decades party celebrating his 70th. The entrepreneur admitted it was a 'surprise' to board the ship and see everyone dressed as him

Dress to impress!

Dutch model-actress Nicolette van Dam and boyfriend Bas Smit pose with the birthday boy at his Richard Through the Decades party celebrating his 70th. The entrepreneur admitted it was a ‘surprise’ to board the ship and see everyone dressed as him

Booze cruise! Mother-of-three Holly Branson, pictured left pouring drinks into a party-goer's mouth, said she had drunk far more than she had done in a while and pulled 'two all-nighters'

Booze cruise!

Mother-of-three Holly Branson, pictured left pouring drinks into a party-goer’s mouth, said she had drunk far more than she had done in a while and pulled ‘two all-nighters’

Glorious sunset: The guests had access to the beautiful Scarlet Lady, which can accommodate 2,770 passengers in 1,400 cabins. Pictured, one of the pools at sunset

Glorious sunset: The guests had access to the beautiful Scarlet Lady, which can accommodate 2,770 passengers in 1,400 cabins.

Pictured, b29 one of the pools at sunset

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