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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 joins Royal Air Force Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 05 January 2008

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...after the Army, the RAF, and then the Royal Navy...

Prince William is to train as a pilot during a four-month attachment with the Royal Air Force, according to a BBC report. To be known as Flying Officer Wales, he will fly helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft at the RAF's school in Lincolnshire.

This follows his year with the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals. During the next European summer, he will train with the Royal Navy. This is to prepare him as the future head of the armed forces. A spokesman said it was important that the Prince learn about the ethos and history of the RAF.

He is to begin training on Monday 7 January, 2008 at RAF Cranwell where he will learn to fly a propeller-driven Grob 115E light aircraft, the Tutor.
 

He will then move to RAF Linton-on-Ouse, in North Yorkshire, where he will first train  with the  Tucano T1 plane. He will then move to RAF Shawbury in Shropshire to fly the Squirrel helicopter.

His uncle Prince Andrew learned to fly at RAF Leeming, Yorkshire and served with distinction in the Falklands War on the aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Prince Charles also learned to fly at RAF Cranwell in 1971 and later qualified as a helicopter pilot,  serving with 845 Naval Air Squadron on commando flying duties from the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes.

According to Hello magazine, he will be treated no differently from other recruits, including observing the RAF’s 'bottle to throttle' drinking ban. Pilots are barred from having more than two pints within 12 hours of flying.

...overwhelming support for monarchy, yet the BBC promotes fringe group...

In the meantime a poll by Discovery Channel shows 70% of young people want to keep the monarchy and only 16% want a republic.

Yet the BBC, almost alone among the major media, reports a predictable whinge by a  “campaign group” called, with remarkable originality, “Republic.” This cliquette  is  even  smaller in numbers than the declining Australian Republican Movement, to which it is linked in a moribund  international conspiracy, “Common Cause.”   

As Tony Abbott once said, accurately, of the taxpayer funded “national consultation” undertaken by  the Republic Advisory Committee appointed by Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1993, many of its meetings could have been held in a phone booth. The details released confirmed this.

You could get somebody to attack every piece of news every day. The views of a miniscule group are not newsworthy and publishing them  prominently cannot be explained rationally.

Unless of course the media outlet happens to have some hidden agenda.  Are public broadcasters allowed that luxury?  I must have a look at the Charter.

...the Basil Fawlty of republican royal watchers...

In the meantime  the media generally is understandably becoming  excited about the possibility that Prince William may soon announce his engagement.

 What was curious in Australia was that the royal watcher wheeled out by one TV channel was none other than the republican royal watcher/hater Barry Everingham.

On such occasions, Barry speaks with what purports to be intimate inside information, but without mentioning his obsession to make Australia a republic tomorrow.

As was once said of Basil Fawlty by a psychiatrist staying in his hotel, who on coming back to the darkened hotel one evening and finding Fawlty on the floor in his underwear wielding a frying pan astride a flattened Manuel: “I think there’s a thesis there.”

To which his psychiatrist wife replied: “ I’d say a whole conference.”

  
 
Prince William and Prince Harry..." a total class act" Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Wednesday, 04 July 2007

Image“All the talk around here …about the Concert for Diana…is that William and Harry…are a total class act.”  This was the assessment of the respected journalist who has covered news in places as far apart as Bali and Iraq, ason Morrison. He was broadcasting on Sydney’s highest rating  programme, Alan Jones’ 2GB breakfast programme. And everyone I have spoken to, including republicans, was impressed by the Princes.
Incidentally, while the extract broadcast on the Nine network led the free television ratings from 930PM, and was a close second at 830PM, I was not aware that the full programme was on pay TV the night before. One reader writes "The entire 6 hour concert was shown on Foxtel the previous night live, as well, so even more people, including me, saw some or all, or recorded it, in addition to those who saw the cut down version on 9." The audience then, just in Australia, was very large.
In the meantime I sent the following letter to The Australian which was published on 4 July, 2007:
”Like an antipodean Kitty Kelley, the self-styled royal watcher Barry Everingham continues to prefer rumour over fact (“Diana’s forlorn plea’’, Opinion 3/7). The ramblings of a socialite journalist that Prince William wants to be Governor-General (``William wants to be next governor-general’’, 29/6) have clearly terrified Everingham, who knows that the prince would be extremely popular.
”Of course it was never on. The nomination would have required the sort of bipartisan support that both Prince George [Duke of Kent] (who was proposed as King of Poland before Hitler and Stalin put a stop to that) and Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, did. There would also have to be some way of ensuring that politicians did not bring the country to the brink, as Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam did in 1975, and then blame the Governor-General and the constiutional system for their behaviour. (There is one way - it’s the citizen recall election hated by politicians but used in parts of Canada, the US and Switzerland.)
”As for the Duke of Gloucester, chosen and supported by our greatest prime ministers, John Curtin and Robert Menzies, the assessment of that great poet, publisher and prominent intellectual - and publicly republican before it became fashionable in Sydney and Melbourne salons - Max Harris is more germane than Everingham’s gossip. Harris’s assessment in The Bulletin in 1983 was that “the Duke of Gloucester was our greatest Governor-General.
David Flint  etc”

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Prince William, and the office of Governor- General Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 01 July 2007

ImageUntil Prime Minister John Howard’s surprising adoption of what may be called the “Eddie Ward doctrine” in relation to vice regal appointments, many of our self described “passionate” republicans must have been absolutely terrified when they woke up on Friday morning the 29th of July, 2007 to the media reports that Prince William was interested in becoming Governor-General.
For those readers who are from other countries, or are too young to know who Eddie Ward was, it is generally agreed that he was a particularly vindictive left wing Australian politician. His leader, that great Prime Minister John Curtin, called him a “bloody ratbag.” Indeed, Curtin broke down on one occasion as a result of a particularly vicious verbal attack by Ward, probably the worst of many.  Ward even engaged in fisticuffs in disputes in the Labor Caucus. He once described the founder of the Liberal Party Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, one of Australia’s greatest prime ministers, as a “posturing individual with the scowl of Mussolini, the bombast of Hitler, and the physical proportions of Goering.”  Needless to say, Sir Robert, by far the greatest parliamentarian the nation has ever seen or indeed likely to see, did not break down.  Sir Robert was made of sterner stuff.
ImageAccording to the Australian Dictionary of Biography, the journalist Edgar Holt once (perceptively) described Ward having the “air of an East Sydney Robespierre, a pea-green incorruptible with an Australian accent.” (The murderous French revolutionary ideologue, Robespierre, was known as the “sea green incorruptible”).
This brings me to the “Eddie Ward doctrine” of vice regal appointments. This is recorded in the minutes of a Federal Cabinet meeting on 23 November 1943. (In response to those readers who wonder how someone like Eddie Ward could become a Minister of the Crown, that is what you get when you let the caucus elect the cabinet. The British Labor Party, incidentally, does not follow this practice.)  Ward spoke strongly against John Curtin’s recommendation of Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester as the Governor-General to replace Lord Gowrie. Cabinet sensibly rejected his views. But now, according to media reports, for example, Brad Norrington in The Australian on 29 June,2007, John Howard responded:"I do think the practice of having a person who is an Australian in every way and a long-term and permanent resident of this country is a practice I would not like to see altered."
But this is exactly the doctrine espoused by Eddie Ward, rejected by the Labor War Cabinet and without any doubt whatsoever by Sir Robert Menzies and the Coalition. Yet Eddie Ward has now reached out from the grave and determined how the Australian constitutional system will work.  Actually, it was unnecessary for John Howard to say anything in relation to the socialite journalist’s book other than to say that “The position is being filled superbly by Major General Michael Jeffery, thank you very much.  Next question.”
But he didn’t.

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"There's not a day goes by ..that I don't think about it ": Prince William Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Saturday, 16 June 2007
ImageThis August marks the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales.  To commemorate this, Prince William and Prince Harry, have organized a concert to be held in London on her birthday, 1 July.  On Friday, 15 June, 2007, an exclusive portion of an NBC interview by Matt Lauer with Prince William and Prince Harry was broadcast online on the NBC TODAYshow.com. The site also features "A Tale of Two Princes", a slideshow that traces their growth from boys to men.  (The interview was also shown on the networks mobile channel NBC News2Go available to customers in about 30 markets, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Atlanta, as detailed on www.verizonwireless.com/mobiletv)
The extract was then beamed around the world. There would have been few news broadcasts and newspapers which did not report this.  (Notwithstanding this enormous world–wide interest in our Royal Family, the outdated elitist republican policy of many Australian media outlets not to say anything or much about Royalty still prevails.  Harold from the Monarchist Alliance in Melbourne tells us that once again, as they done for more than 25 years, the German TV equivalent of the ABC, the ARD will transmit, for 135 minutes live from London the "Trooping the Colour".  And such is the interest, they repeat it.  The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s head office is at 700 Harris Street,Ultimo 2007; GPO Box 9994,Sydney NSW 2001;phone  (02) 8333 1500:1800 627 854; (Deaf & hearing impaired) Fax (02) 8333 5344;the Managing Director is Mr Mark Scott)
ImagePrince Harry and Prince William, who are second and third in the line of succession to the throne, confided that they think about it "every single day" as they still slowly try to come to terms with the Princess of Wales's premature death 10 years ago. Prince Harry told how those years had passed "really, really slowly".

 

 

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Prince William and the media Print E-mail
Written by Professor David Flint AM   
Sunday, 03 June 2007
Image It is remarkable how some elements in the London media are prepared to invent stories about the Royal Family. Recent events in Prince William’s personal life illustrate this. The proposition that the Prince’s relationship was brought to an end because of snobbish attitudes on the part of the Royal Family were clearly concocted by the journalists concerned. One of our readers said the inventions about “Kate's mother were really over the top.” She singled out one “Royal Correspondent”, James Whitaker. He wrote that Kate’s mother was deemed "common" because she was a flight attendant and she said "toilet" instead of "lavatory". How would he know? This reminded me of the interview Richard Butler gave to the ABC where he claimed to know about The Queen’s wish for Australia to become a republic. Mr. Butler did this, incidentally, as governor-designate, which immediately indicated he either did not understand the role and function of a governor, or did not accept that. 
In the meantime we thought readers would be interested in a Canadian suggestion about Prince William and Australia. This comes from “The Monarchist” blog, a well designed highly informative Canadian site. It also contains robust opinion, and fine illustrations. One opinion piece, by Beaverbrook, caught our eye.  It was posted on 20 April 2007 under the heading “Marry Australia.”  Here it is, and fasten your seatbelts: 
“Thank the Heavens our handsome Prince did not propose to that Berkshire girl - we don't need the Royals to marry further into England, what we need is for them to branch out to the other realms and give greater credence to the idea of a Commonwealth Royal Family. As Cato correctly points out, "one must feel that we have an historic opportunity: marry the boy off to an Aussie and kill the republic faster than you can say glossy magazine. If Queen Vicky had married her eldest off to an Indian princess, you just know that there would still be Emperors at Delhi." 
“Indeed, and I take back that bit about what the Royals do in their down time being none of our business. Kyle is right: what they do, how they conduct themselves, who they mingle with and who they marry is of obvious social and moral significance, as we painfully learned in the dysfunctional 90s with all those annis horribilisses. Instead of making a right royal mess of it and riding the wave of Britannia's retreat and surrender all the time, for once the Royal Family needs to go on the attack. That inevitably means shoring up the crown Down Under, and establishing a beachhead where the future of monarchy is most tenable, and by extension everywhere else. Would it not be worthwhile to have William carry out his naval training in the R.A.N., in convenient proximity to the girls of the Outback? If we have the Will, is it such a longshot to think of a Royal Wedding in Oz divorcing Australia from its republican ways?”

 

 

 

 

 
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