Prince William of Wales
From the moment he entered the world to much fanfare, Prince William led a storybook life that fascinated millions of people the world over. As the first-born son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince William lived a life of privilege that consisted of elite schools, posh skiing vacations, and people catering to his every need. But in 1997, his charmed life took a tragic turn when he unexpectedly lost his beloved mother in an infamous auto accident when he was just 15 years old. As a result of the tragedy, Prince William became his country's last great hope for the monarchy. Not surprisingly, he grew up under the watchful eye of a world press that chronicled his accomplishments, military experience, and charitable works. Yet it was Prince William's highly publicized engagement and then wedding to a British commoner, Kate Middleton that captured the world's imagination, much as his parents' royal wedding had 20 years before. Amidst all the pomp and circumstance that surrounded him throughout his lifetime, Prince William Windsor never failed to impress royal watchers by keeping the monarchy traditions alive as his father had, but also bringing a touch of humanity to his title as his mother had.