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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1982 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (3)

The British Academy Film Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Concert for Diana 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Biography

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.

Relationships

Phillip

Grandfather
Born June 10, 1921

Prince Charles Actor

Father
Born Nov. 14, 1948

Princess Diana Actor

Mother
Born July 1, 1961 Died Aug. 31, 1997

Queen Elizabeth II Actor

Grandmother
Born April 21, 1926

Prince Andrew Actor

Uncle

Kate Middleton Actor

Wife
Met during a 2001 fashion show at St. Andrew's University Engaged October 2010; officially announced engagement Nov. 16, 2010 Married April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey

Camilla Parker Bowles Actor

Step-Mother

Charles Spencer

Uncle

Anne Windsor

Aunt

Prince Edward Windsor Executive Producer

Uncle

Prince Henry of Wales Host

Brother
Born Sept. 15, 1984

Milestones

2012

In December, Middleton confirmed pregnant with their first child

2012

Celebrated his grandmother, the Queen, during her Diamond Jubilee

2011

Married Middleton on April 29, 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London; given title of His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge; also named Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus

2010

Proposed to Catherine Middleton while on vacation in Kenya October 2010; he gave her 12-carat sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to his late mother Diana; engagement announced to public on Nov. 16, 2010

2009

Promoted to Flight Lieutenant by Royal Air Force

2009

Established charity organization The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry; later renamed The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry

2008

Trained for two months with the Britannia Royal Naval College; spent five weeks on HMS Iron Duke in the Caribbean, taking part in a secret underwater mission

2008

Completed intensive four-month training course at Royal Air Force College Cranwell; presented with his RAF wings by his father Prince Charles

2007

With brother Harry, organized the "Concert for Diana" in memory of their mother; held at London's Wembley Stadium

2006

Received his commission as a lieutenant from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

2005

Graduated from the University of St. Andrews

2005

Became a patron of the Tusk Trust, a charity that worked towards conserving wildlife, and providing education and community development across Africa

2003

Appointed as a Counsellor of State, a senior member of the British royal family

2001

Met future wife Catherine Middleton while attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland

2000

Finished at Eton College, where he was co-captain of swim team

1997

Mother died as a result of a car accident in a road tunnel in Paris, France

1996

Parents Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales divorced

1991

Made first public appearance on March 1, 1991 (Saint David's Day) during an official visit of his parents to Cardiff, Wales

1983

Made first overseas royal tour was with his parents to Australia and New Zealand

1982

Baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on Aug. 4, 1982

Bonus Trivia

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Prince William was born at St. Mary's Hospital in London. He was the first British prince to be born in a hospital.

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On Dec. 1, 2012, Buckingham Palace announced Kate Middleton was pregnant with her and Prince William's first child.

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