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 are to marry on 29 April 2011. It was later announced that this would be at 11.00 am in Westminster Abbey, London. There is a separate collection on this, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Royal Wedding Story. Just click on the icon on the frontpage, or click here.
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The media recently breathlessly reported the extraordinary headline - making news that those young soldiers, Prince Harry, who is about to go to Iraq, and Prince William had gone out in the evening on separate occasions. Apparently they had consumed some drinks, they had talked to girls, and they had danced. In summary, they had enjoyed themselves. And yes, Prince Harry, for very good reason, doesn’t think highly of the paparazzi and sometimes shows it. At about the same time, the media also reported that Princess Eugenie had set up an internet diary where, they said, she chats about members of the Royal Family.
This last story is not the first time that the media have made fools of themselves. As D.D. McNicoll wrote in The Australian on 27 March, 2007, the lure of Princess Eugenie having her own uncensored blog proved too attractive to ignore for “normally cynical and cautious hacks.” And this was not only in the UK, it was across the world. The Mail on Sunday began it by breathlessly reporting that Princess Eugenie had referred to The Queen as "Super Gran" and that she loves hotdogs and doughnuts. But just a few seconds perusing the blog should have had “the alarm bells ringing.” Nevertheless UPI and media around the world, including Australia, ran with the story.
Well, at least this was just a case of merely careless and gullible reporting. The media can do worse. In this column on 13 August 2006 (“Republican media score own goal”), we reported that it did not take long for some journalists to seek revenge for the arrest of a News of The World editor and journalist. They were charged with and found guilty of the criminal offence of hacking a number of private message banks, including some belonging to members of the Royal Family. Soon after the London tabloid The Sun, a sister newspaper of the News of the World, published some three year old photographs of Prince Harry and Prince William as if they were recently taken, and thus potentially compromising their current relationships.
Although the story was almost immediately picked up around the world, few media outlets published with equal prominence, if at all, the news that the photographs were subsequently found to be old. The Sun initially refused to apologise, saying the photos were” authentic” but not explaining its gross deceit in trying to pass them off as recent.
Media outlets which should have known better fell into the trap set by The Sun.
When it comes to the Royal Family, the rules aren’t applied – too many in the media take the view, sometimes unconsciously,that there is no need to check facts. Journalists and the editors abandon their usual scepticism. They should not to publish these stories without proper verification, but more importantly, they should be ashamed of the fact that when the truth has come out, many have not corrected them with equal prominence, or even at all. After all, nearly every media ethics code says this is exactly what they promise to do.
And another thing.
A reader writes to tell us that on the ABC TV comedy programme,
“The Chasers’ War on Everything” broadcast on 28 and 30 March, 2007, (with a repeat on ABC2 at 830PM on Sunday 1 April, 2007) there was a satirical piece on the NSW Leader of the Opposition, who had been photographed in his “ Speedo” swimming trunks in the recent election campaign. An accompanying scene involved The Queen’s face being superimposed on an elderly female body wearing only men’sSpeedos. We have not seen it, and, curiously, it is inaccessible on the ABC site, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/chaser/war/video/
This is not acceptable. Our reader says this is an outrage and the programme director should be dismissed. There is a difference between humour in such programmes, including programmes principally with a young audience, and such a deviation from good taste as to merit a censure. In other countries, including some republics, such behaviour can result in a criminal prosecution. We are not suggesting that. But there are limits in a civilized society, and going beyond these and causing distress to fellow citizens is not to be encouraged. Those who think that the Royal Family is fair game should consider their reaction if their mother or grandmother were depicted this way. Would that be amusing?
The taxpayer - funded national broadcaster has a special responsibility in this regard, and will need to treat complaints about this without condescension. The managing director and the ABC board must ensure that this sort of gratuitous offence is not repeated.
We thought it was over when the journalists who hacked into the message banks of members of the Royal Family and other prominent people were tried and found guilty. (“Crime and punishment,” 27 January 2007).
Until then, there was an attitude among some journalists that in the Royal Family codes of ethics and even the law did not apply.
The trial ended with the gaoling of a journalist and an investigator engaged by the Sunday newspaper, the News of The World. This is a Sunday tabloid which has become the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper with a circulation of around 3.3 million copies.
According to The Guardian of 26 January, 2007, the News of the World “royal editor” Clive Goodman was sentenced to four months in gaol after pleading guilty to intercepting phone messages. His co-accused, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was sentenced to six months.
...not about press freedom...
The judge, Mr Justice Gross, described their behaviour as "low conduct, reprehensible in the extreme. Neither journalist nor private security consultants are above the law.
This case was not about press freedom; it was about a grave, inexcusable and illegal invasion of privacy. It was not pushing at the limits, or at the cusp: it was plainly on the wrong side of the line.
It is essential for the decency of our public life that conduct of this kind is clearly marked as unacceptable.
This was serious criminal conduct to which we must not become numbed. It is to my mind [of] the very first importance to the fabric of our public life that such intrusive, sustained criminal conduct should be marked by immediate loss of liberty."
In 2006 another Murdoch newspaper, The Sun, published three year old photographs of Prince Harry in an obvious, underhand and vicious attempt to create problems for him with his current lady friend.
That fabrication went around the world, but when the true story emerged – that these were old photographs – The Sun refused to apologise for its appalling conduct.
Then in 2009 the News of the World found – we suspect bought – a video which showed Prince Harry engaging in the sort of banter young men in the army typically engage in. It was three years old.
Some people who have obviously had no military experience complained.
....from News of the World to 10 Downing Street...
Immediately afterwards the editor, Andy Coulson, announced his resignation. He denied any knowledge of the crimes.
Controversially the then Leader of the Oppositionand and now Prime Minister, David Cameron, then appointed Mr. Coulson as his communication chief.
Mr. Coulson has recently resigned because of stories associated with his time as editor of the News of the World. He continues to assert his innocence. There have been calls for further investigations of the breaches.
The Prince of Wales and his son Prince William join charity fundraisers at City firm ICAP. Once a year the global firm gives all its profits to charity and Their Royal Highnesses help to seal a number of deals to raise money for good causes. From the Royal Channel.
Prince William made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on 14 November 2010 to honour British soldiers who have died during wars, while Queen Elizabeth led the nation in honouring the war dead in London for Remembrance Day, according the Associated Press.
Prince William was joined in Afghanistan by Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
Mr. Fox said:
"Remembrance Sunday is a time when the entire country stops to recognize the sacrifices made by the armed forces on our behalf.
I am extremely proud that Prince William and I could come to Camp Bastion to stand alongside the men and women serving in Afghanistan today. I pay tribute to them, and everyone who has served before them in this conflict, and others on behalf of the freedoms that the British people enjoy."
...Princes wish to serve...
General Sir David Richards told Sean Rayment of the London Daily Telegraph (14/11) that Prince William has made it clear he would like to serve in Afghanistan but his wish is unlikely to be granted.