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Prince William: The Early Years

Prince William: The Early YearsPrince 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.




...military service...


  

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.



...wedding....

 



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.


This collection is restricted to comments and videos relating to the wedding. Other videos and comments relating to Prince William may be found by using the search engine on the home page. There is a separate collection, Prince William in Australia.   To view this, just click on the icon on the frontpage, or click here.

 



Prince William and the charity, Skill Force Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Saturday, 01 August 2009

Prince William visited the Tower of London on 9 July 2009 to meet young people who have been helped by the inspirational youth charity Skill Force and talks exclusively about why he became Patron.

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Prince William and Prince Harry talk about their military roles Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Prince William wants to serve in Afghanistan. “I didn't join the forces to be mollycoddled or treated any differently, “he says in the video below. “As far as I am concerned, in my eyes, if Harry can do it, then I can do it.”

“As a future head of the Armed Forces it's really important you at least get the opportunity to be credible and to do the job I signed up for the best I can. That's all I have ever wanted.”

When told he seemed to suggest an operational role was not an impossibility, the Prince replied: “In my mind, of course. If you talk to everyone else it's impossible. I still remain hopeful there's a chance.” 

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He and Prince Harry were being interviewed by the media ( “Brothers in arms: Prince William says ‘I want to fight in Afghanistan’, as Harry reveals ambition to return to war zone,” a report by Rebecca English in The Daily Mail, 19 June 2009, where several photographs may be seen. The text of A Special Armed Forces Day message from HRH Prince William of Wales and HRH Prince Henry of Wales, 27 June, 2009 may be read below. )

 

 

 

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Prince William interviewed 2009 Print E-mail
Written by ACM   
Monday, 25 May 2009

Prince William gives a rare interview to the BBC

 
Child cancer survivorís plea ignored by most politicians; Princes reply immediately Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Tuesday, 28 April 2009

A nine year cancer survivor’s plea for help with fundraising drew a response from Prince William and Prince Harry within 48 hours, but after six weeks only four of almost 400 Australian politicians had replied, reports the Sydney Daily Telegraph (28/4).  


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[ The Princes expressing sympathy to the bushfire and flood victims ]


Young Jayde Belle is trying to raise money at a function at the Four Seasons’ Hotel in Sydney on 22 May to raise money for a $3.5-million positron emission tomography (PET) scanner at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. For details of the fundraiser or to make a donation click here.
 
 
Prince William flies economy Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Thursday, 09 April 2009

"Setting commendable example to Gordon Brown and his ministers as the economic crisis intensifies, Prince William has quietly and without fanfare instructed his staff to seat him in economy on scheduled flights whenever possible," reported Tim Walker in the London Daily Telegraph on 28 March, 2009.  

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"He is determined to get his travelling costs down," a senior courtier told the Telegraph. "Obviously there will be occasions when his security team will advise him against this, but he has told us that his default position from now on will be to turn right when he enters an aircraft. He is acutely aware that this is no time for ostentatious expenditure."

When the 26-year-old prince flew off to Courchevel for a skiing holiday with his girlfriend Kate Middleton and her family earlier this month, it went unreported that the second in line to the throne sat among the economy passengers on the British Airways Heathrow to Geneva flight."

"There was a security presence, but it was all very low-key and William sat with Kate, her sister Pippa and a group of friends among the other passengers," the courtier adds.  "I think a lot of people on the flight didn't even realise who they were. William actually hates having a fuss made of him when he travels and said that he found it a lot more relaxing than having the cabin crew all nervously hovering around him at the front of the aircraft."   
 
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