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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A force of millions has made the royal wedding one of the most watched TV events in Australian history, serving a crippling blow to the republican movement, reported Jon Kaila in The Sunday Herald Sun“Wills and Kate's day watched by all, serving a blow to the republican movement.” (1/5).
According to Barrie Cassidy on the ABC's Insiders (1/5) the audiences were bigger than the previous largest events, the opening and closing of the Sydney Olympics.
At the time of writing the report attracted 49 comments, mostly from very unhappy republicans.
In an accompanying online poll ( not based on a sample) two thirds said Australia should remain a constitutional monarchy.
The report also cites social analyst David Chalke saying that before the wedding Australians were 5:3 in favour of the monarchy.
Now he says its 2:1.
This provides an interesting comparison with the polls.
In the 1999 referendum, the ratio of support for the constitutional monarchy to the Keating-Turnbull republic was 5.7 to 4.3
The republicans will say I am including the small number of republicans who wanted to elect the president. I am. They preferred the constitutional monarchy - and voted for it.*
The polls are now saying support for the monarchy is around 6:4. Once a model is announced the republican support will splinter and support for the monarchy will move towards 7:3.
If the model involves popular election, republican constitutional lawyer Professor Greg Craven expects a landslide substantially greater than in 1999. So do I. Most leading republicans in politics and the media oppose direct election. The republicans would be significnatly more divided than in 1999, especially among the politicians and the media.
Experience shows that ina referendum most of the undecided will normally vote No, either because they are undecided or they do not wish to reveal their intentions.
This tendency for No voters to refuse to reveal their intentions is exacerbated in relation to republicanism because the elites have succeded in making monarchism unfashionable in media-political circles.
...republicanism as a serious political force..
In the interview I did not say there would be a republic in 100 years. As the report correctly states, I said I could not see republicanism being a serious political force in the next 100 years. (I added the proviso "absent some calamity.")
The report continued:
More than seven million Australians tuned in to see Prince William marry Kate Middleton to eclipse sporting events and become one of the most popular spectacles of the past 10 years.The success of the event has sparked proud monarchists to jubilantly proclaim Australia will not seriously consider becoming a republic for another 100 years.
Royalist David Flint said Australians had "voted overwhelmingly with their remote controls" and destroyed any meaningful call for Australia to become a republic."This really is quite a magnificent result," Prof Flint said."Australians, in their millions, have confirmed their great interest in keeping a constitutional monarchy."Prime Minister Julia Gillard has previously said the Queen should be Australia's final monarch.But Prof Flint said he saw no hope for republicanism."When the Queen dies there will be a coronation that will receive as much interest, if not more, than this royal wedding," he said.
"Then there will be the interest in William and Kate's future children, Prince Harry marrying and his children, Prince William becoming king ... I can't see republicanism being a serious political force in this country for at least 100 years when you add the generations together."
The timing could not be better, declared the editor of Sydney's Daily Telegaph on 29 April, 2011.
“Just as Prince William and Kate Middleton this week counted down the hours to tonight's royal wedding, a poll of Australians revealed that support for a republic had sunk to levels not known for 17 years. “This should subtract any widespread republican bitterness from tonight's vows.
“In a way, the republican question has now resolved into a perfect compromise.
“We get to have our independence - in all but name, Australia essentially functions as a republic - while still rejoicing in royal pageantry and ceremony.”
Over 2 billion people world-wide were expected to tune in to live TV coverage of the Royal Wedding.
Early estimates are that over 20 million Britons watched and over 2 million New Zealanders.Early Australian estimates range from 4.4 million to 5 million.Unlike earlier events, people may now watch through paid television, portable devices and computers. Thus the free to air statistics will not tell the full story.
Whatever the statistics and estimates are, the audience in Australia was no doubt enormous.
In Australia of course, the Prince is seen as a future king. Australians know that his concern and interest in the nation has nothing to do with ambition, income –there is none, golden handshakes or superannuation or power.The Crown is our oldest institution, a pillar of our nation, providing leadership beyond politics and involved intimately in our history.