Prince William

Happy birthday Prince William: A life in the royal spotlight

Prince William

Prince William has come a long way from the cheeky boy who captured the nation’s heart to a grown-up man.

As the future King, Prince William turns 40, we take a look back at his journey from boy to man.

Prince William has celebrated many successful years of marriage with Kate Middleton. The couple is proud parents of three beautiful children and has also given the British monarchy a bright and modern future.

William Arthur Philip Louis at the time of birth was 7lbs 1.5oz at 9.03 PM on June 21, 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. His journeys around the globe began early when, at just 9 months old, he accompanied his parents on a tour of New Zealand.

Also read: 7 unknown facts about Prince William’s christening.

Merely a few days before the tragic death in 1997 of their mother in a Paris car collision, William and Harry joined their father for a holiday at Balmoral. Prince William was sleeping when the call came through at one in the morning. He later confessed to waking regularly that night, with a premonition that something serious was going to happen. In the years after the bereavement, William would find great support in his father, Charles, to whom he remains very close.

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As his reputation with the public rose, the second-in-line to the throne devotedly defended his father’s reputation on multiple occasions. Many suggested that he should accede to the throne instead of Charles but he denied it every single time.

After leaving Eton – where he passed three A levels – the pin-up Prince decided to take a gap year before advancing to university. Eighteen months into his studies at St Andrew’s University he announced it hadn’t been plain sailing and he’d turned to his dad for advice. Well, not many might remember this but he took advice even from a fellow student who of course was his then-girlfriend Kate Middleton, who convinced him to stay in the course.

In 2006, After spending the summertime with the Royal Navy he proclaimed he wanted to join the RAF (Royal Air Force) and become a search-and-rescue pilot. This amazed many royal followers, who had assumed he would quit the Household Cavalry and become a full-time working royal. After coming into his own in his professional life, the royal sealed his next phase by announcing his engagement to Kate Middleton in November 2010.

Also read: Kate hopes her children never pick up William’s dangerous hobby.

In July 2013, May 2015 and April 2018: Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Louis were born, respectively. Now an accomplished pilot, a compassionate royal and a loving husband he, together with Kate, is recognised and respected on the global stage.

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