Prince William of Wales KG FRS, William Arthur Philip Louis was born on 21 June 1982.He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
He is second in the line of succession, behind his father, to the thrones of Australia, Canada New Zealand, the United Kingdom and 12 other independent states.
After graduating with a Master of Arts degree from the University of St Andrews, and spending parts of a gap year in Chile, Belize, and countries in Africa, he volunteered for service in the armed forces.
He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry, serving with his brother Prince Harry. He then earned his wings by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell, transferring to the Royal Air Force in 2009.
Prince William was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training and completed generic and special-to-type helicopter training.He is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter.
On 16 November 2010 it was announced that Prince William and Catherine Middleton were to marry on 29 April 2011. It was later announced that this would be at 11.00 am in Westminster Abbey, London.
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In a gracious tribute to Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prime Minister Hon. Julia Gillard declared to the House of Representatives ( 10 May 2011)
“..On behalf of all Australians, I rise to place on record the best wishes and congratulations of the Australian parliament and the Australia people on the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
“ Along with the Governor-General and Mr Bryce, Tim and I were honoured to represent Australia at Westminster Abbey.
"We wish the Duke and Duchess all the best in the busy and demanding years that lie ahead. Theirs is a great time of renewal for the family and for Great Britain, and none of us would wish it any other way.
“For those of us who have a different view about Australia's constitutional future, it highlights the fact that our debate should not be centred on individual qualities but on issues of principle debated in an atmosphere of civility and reason.
“If Australia ever chooses a different path, it should be at the right time for the right reasons.
"In that spirit I welcome the marriage of William and Kate. It is good for Britain and good for the Commonwealth. May they enjoy a long and happy life together, as united at the end as they have been at the beginning.”
...May God Save The Queen...
The Leader of the Opposition Mr Tony Abbott added:
“Mr Speaker, I rise to support the gracious remarks of the Prime Minister and I congratulate her for representing our country so well at this important occasion, the wedding of Australia's future king. It has rightly been celebrated throughout the world.
“I want to dwell for a moment on one facet of this celebration, namely the prayer which Prince William and Catherine wrote for their nuptials.
“I want to quote it, if I may:
“’In the busyness of each day, keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy ... help us to serve and comfort those who suffer.’ "What an inspirational young couple they are; what a beautiful lesson they have given us that should be heeded by all in public life.
“I have always wanted to say this in this chamber, so let me say with heartfelt conviction:
The republicans clearly had second thoughts about their threat to campaign for some vague undefined politicians’ republic at the time of the Royal Wedding.
Their media director even denied their intention to do this. But here’s the evidence:
..out of steam..
It was already obvious well before the wedding that their campaign has well and truly run out of steam.
The long term trend in the opinion polls is well and truly down, however much the republican movement clings to one, sad, lonely rogue poll released conveniently to coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the referendum.
As we have noted here, the youth vote has long been lost.
The politicians were already well aware of all this. Burnt by their foolish adherence to the Turnbull Keating republic in 1999, the political class is wary about again jumping on the republican bandwagon.
Their opportunistic respect for The Queen in putting off the referendum until the end of the reign is an obvious pretence. They know that most of them will then be luxuriating in a form of superannuation the rank and file can only dream about.
The end of the reign will not be a silver bullet. Some as yet to be defined republic is not going to fall into the republicans’ laps.
Now, the more serious press have joined the politicians in deserting the republican campaign. The only republican redoubts are to be found at Fairfax and in our national broadcaster.
That said, we must acknowledge that the republicans have had some successes.
The first is in marching through some institutions. Egregious examples were the gerrymandered 2020 Summit and then those shadowy government controlled and funded Australia Day Councils, and certainly not the proudly independent one in Victoria.
That’s how we got that foolish decision to foist a retired British TV presenter onto us to present the Australia Day address.
He instructed us to become a republic, not too long after he had accepted his knighthood . The other thing the republicans have been successful in doing is putting on so many stunts we have lost count. As with the utterly hopeless Mate for Head of State campaign, what good does it do them?
What a week. A Royal wedding watched by two billion people around the world - cheering crowds, smiling faces, excited children and adults, stunning theatre - and glorious unhappiness on the faces of Australia’s bourgeois progressives, who inhabit the sneering side of the nation’s media.
The first off the rank was the ABC. Like a bug hitting the windscreen of an Aston Martin, Aunty was miffed that their undergraduate comedy show, The Chaser, wouldn’t be allowed to use footage of the Royal Wedding for mockery and ridicule. Like the drunken uncle that most families fear will ruin a happy wedding day, the Chaser was rearing to go, but the BBC and the organisers of the Royal Wedding were onto the Chaser and their game. But more of the national broadcaster in a tick.
Without doubt the Wankley Award for the most obnoxious column on the happy event would have to go Crikey.com and the infantile spray from their sneering, ex-public schoolboy, London correspondent Guy Rundle. Wandering through the crowds of joyful Londoners, (or perhaps just slackly covering the event from a Lazyboy), Rundle could only manage:
The ACM luncheon at Parliament House Sydney on Friday 29 April 2011 to celebrate the Royal Wedding was very well attended. Other functions were held in Melbourne , Brisbane and Canberra as well as functions arranged by supporters and many Australians across the country, with about 7 million people watching the broadcast from London.
[Photograph by Richard Flynn]
In lively and witty address, the Hon. Diana Fisher recalled her experiences in reporting and researching a series of Royal Weddings.
The MC Jai Martinkovits invited Ms. Fisher and the Parliamentary Host, the Minister for Fair Trading the Hon Anthony Roberts to cut the celebratory wedding cake.
[Photograph by Richard Flynn]
Before that a prayer was offered by the Rev Michael Griffin for the marriage, the National and Royal Anthems sung accompanied at the grand piano by Richard Morgan, Grace was said by the Rev Fred Nile and Peter Cavanagh led the assembly in offering toasts to The Queen and to Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
The excellent photographs are by Richard Flynn.
[Photograph by Richard Flynn]
While enjoying an excellent three course meal, diners were entertained with videos and photographs of Royal Occasions beamed across several screens recently installed in the Strangers Room.
The assembly heard an assurance from the Premier the Hon Barry O’Farrell, conveyed by the Rev. Fred Nile that the Royal Portraits would be restored to their place of honour in the room.