Posted Fri, November 2, 2012 2:32pm IST

The actor celebrated her 39th birthday with her family at an event hosted by the French government honouring her with a civilian award

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan turned 39 on Thursday, and her birthday was celebrated as a media affair, with the French government conferring the prestigious award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters upon her for her contribution to the arts. The former beauty queen also cut a cake and celebrated the occasion along with her hubby Abhishek and in-laws Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, and her own family that included her parents and brother Aditya. And while the proud mommy seemed completely at ease as she showed off her cute little daughter Aaradhya to the media for the first time – no the glimpse we got at Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday celebrations doesn’t really count – the little toddler was spotted in various moods through the event, all oblivious to the media glare!

Although she did break into a teeny little crying spree when she was in daddy Abhishek’s arms, Aishwarya quickly held Beti B and pacified her after which the infant was back to being her oblivious, zen-like happy self! VIEW AARADHYA PICS

Photos: Yogen Shah & NDTV Movies