92 Facts About Prince William


Prince William is the elder son of King Charles III and his first wife Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Prince William spent parts of his gap year in Belize and Chile before earning a Scottish Master of Arts degree in geography at the University of St Andrews.

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Prince William then trained at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst prior to serving with the Blues and Royals.

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Prince William served as a full-time pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance from July 2015 for two years.

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Prince William holds patronage with over 30 charitable and military organisations, including the Tusk Trust, Centrepoint, and London's Air Ambulance Charity.

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Prince William undertakes projects through The Royal Foundation, with his charity work revolving around mental health, conservation, and emergency workers.

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In October 2020, Prince William launched the Earthshot Prize, a £50 million initiative to incentivise environmental solutions over the next decade.

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In 2011, Prince William was made Duke of Cambridge preceding his marriage to Catherine Middleton.

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Prince William became Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay following his father's accession to the throne on 8 September 2022.

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Prince William was born in London at St Mary's Hospital on 21 June 1982 as the first child of the Prince of Wales and his first wife, Diana, Princess of Wales.

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Prince William was the first child born to a prince and princess of Wales since Prince John in 1905.

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When he was nine months old, Prince William accompanied his parents on their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand, as his first trip overseas.

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Prince William travelled with his family to Canada in 1991 and 1998.

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Prince William's took them to Walt Disney World and McDonald's, AIDS clinics, shelters for the homeless, and bought them items typically owned by teenagers, such as video games.

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Prince William was educated at independent schools, starting at Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School, both in London.

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Prince William sat the entrance exam to Eton College and was admitted.

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Prince William took up water polo and continued to play football, captaining his house team.

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The royal family and the tabloid press agreed Prince William would be allowed to study free from intrusion in exchange for regular updates about his life.

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Prince William is a boy: in the next few years, perhaps the most important and sometimes painful part of his life, he will grow up and become a man.

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Prince William lived with other young volunteers, sharing in the common household chores—including cleaning the toilet—and volunteered as a guest disc jockey at a local radio station.

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Prince William wrote his dissertation on the coral reefs of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean and graduated with an undergraduate Master of Arts degree with upper second class honours in 2005.

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Prince William was known as "Steve" by other students to avoid any journalists overhearing and realising his identity.

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Prince William returned to St Andrews alongside his wife in February 2011 as patron of the university's 600th Anniversary Appeal.

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Prince William, instead, went on to train in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, obtaining his commission as a sub-lieutenant in the former and flying officer in the latter—both broadly equivalent to the army rank of lieutenant.

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Prince William completed an accelerated Naval Officer training course at the Britannia Royal Naval College.

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Whilst serving on HMS Iron Duke in June 2008, Prince William participated in a £40m drug seizure in the Atlantic, north-east of Barbados.

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In January 2009, Prince William transferred his commission to the RAF and was promoted to Flight Lieutenant.

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Prince William trained to become a helicopter pilot with the RAF's Search and Rescue Force.

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Prince William's first rescue mission as co-pilot of an RAF Sea King was a response to an emergency call from Liverpool Coastguard on 2 October 2010.

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Prince William was deployed to the Falkland Islands for a six-week tour with No 1564 Flight from February to March 2012.

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In June 2012, Prince William gained a qualification to be captain or pilot in command of a Sea King rather than a co-pilot.

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Prince William later became patron to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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In 2014, it was announced that Prince William would accept a full-time role as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport.

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On 13 July 2015, Prince William started his new job, which he felt was a natural progression from his previous role as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot.

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Prince William described working irregular shifts and dealing mostly with critical care cases.

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Prince William publicly discussed the consequences, witnessing intensive trauma and bereavement as an emergency worker, stating that it impacted his mental health and personal life.

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In 2001, Prince William met Catherine Middleton while they were students in residence at St Salvator's Hall at the University of St Andrews.

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Prince William's reportedly caught William's attention at a charity fashion show on campus.

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Media attention became so intense that Prince William asked the press to keep their distance from Middleton.

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On 15 December 2006, Middleton attended Prince William's Passing Out Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

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In June 2010, the couple moved into a cottage on the Bodorgan Estate in Anglesey, Wales, where Prince William resided during his RAF search-and-rescue training and subsequent career.

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Prince William's was admitted on 22 July 2013 to the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, London, where Prince William had been delivered.

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Prince William's was admitted on 2 May 2015 to the same hospital and gave birth to Princess Charlotte.

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Catherine's third pregnancy was announced on 4 September 2017; Prince William Louis was born on 23 April 2018.

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On 3 June 1991, Prince William was admitted to Royal Berkshire Hospital after being accidentally hit on the forehead by a fellow pupil wielding a golf club.

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Prince William suffered a depressed fracture of the skull and was operated on at Great Ormond Street Hospital, resulting in a permanent scar.

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On 1 November 2020, it was reported that Prince William had tested positive for COVID-19 in April but decided not to alert the media to 'avoid alarming the nation'.

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At the age of 21, Prince William was appointed a Counsellor of State; he first served in that capacity when the Queen attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2003.

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On his 21st birthday, Prince William accompanied his father on a visit to Wales, visiting the Anglesey Food Festival and opening a centre for the homeless in Newport.

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Manning accompanied him in January 2010 as he toured Auckland and Wellington; Prince William opened the new building of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and was welcomed by a Maori chief.

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In March 2011, Prince William visited Christchurch, New Zealand, shortly after the earthquake, and spoke at the memorial service at Hagley Park on behalf of his grandmother.

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Prince William travelled to Australia to visit areas affected by flooding in Queensland and Victoria.

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The Prince William hosted his first investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in October 2013.

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In September 2014, Prince William visited Malta to commemorate its 50th independence anniversary, substituting for his wife after the announcement of her second pregnancy.

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In February 2015, Prince William visited Japan, meeting with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko at the Imperial Palace and visiting survivors devastated by the 2011 tsunami.

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In December 2019, Prince William visited Kuwait and Oman, commemorating the 120th anniversary of the Anglo-Kuwaiti Agreement of 1899.

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Prince William assured that the royal family would accept each country's decision with "pride and respect".

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In 2005, Prince William worked in the children's unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital, his mother's former patronage, for two days of work experience; he assisted in the medical research, catering, and fundraising departments.

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In May 2007, Prince William became patron of MREW and president of The Royal Marsden Hospital, the latter of which was a role previously held by his mother.

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In October 2020, Prince William laid the foundation stone of the hospital's Oak Cancer Centre, 30 years after his mother did the same for their Chelsea Wing in 1990.

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Prince William succeeded Lord Attenborough in 2010 as the fifth president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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Prince William has spoken out for LGBT rights as part of his work against cyberbullying, stating the importance of being "proud of the person you are" and discussing the effects of online abuse and discrimination.

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Prince William was recognised at the British LGBT Awards in May 2017.

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In March 2020, Prince William appeared in a video for the National Emergencies Trust, launching a fundraising appeal to help charities during the pandemic.

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In February 2021, Prince William visited a vaccination centre in King's Lynn and later encouraged use of the vaccine, denouncing false information that could cause vaccine hesitancy.

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In September 2021, it was reported that Prince William had helped an Afghan officer who was a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and an assistant to the British troops be evacuated from the Kabul airport along with more than 10 members of his family amid the 2021 Taliban offensive.

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Prince William became a patron of the Tusk Trust in December 2005, a charity that works towards conserving wildlife and initiating community development, including providing education, across Africa.

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Prince William became associated with the organisation after he witnessed its work first hand in Africa.

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Later, Prince William helped with launching the Tusk Conservation Awards, which have been presented to selected environmental activists annually since 2013.

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Prince William has occasionally commented on the effects of overpopulation on the wildlife of Africa, but his remarks have been criticised for not taking resource consumption and population density into consideration, both of which affect wildlife in rich and developed countries.

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In early 2021, Prince William made a private donation to the Thin Green Line Foundation, which provides grants for the relatives of conservation park rangers that are killed every year while protecting wildlife.

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In July 2022, Prince William condemned the murder of South African park ranger Anton Mzimba and asked for the responsible parties to "be brought to justice".

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Prince William had previously called for harsher punishments and penalties for poachers and smugglers at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in 2018.

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Since 2009, Prince William has been the patron of Child Bereavement UK, which provides support for children and families who have lost a loved one.

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Prince William later volunteered on the crisis helpline during the COVID-19 lockdowns to provide support via text message.

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Prince William has cited his interest in mental health to his experiences as an air ambulance pilot, as well as his work with homelessness, veterans welfare, and his wife's advocacy on addiction.

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In June 2020, Prince William stated that he had been serving as a volunteer on the Shout hotline during the pandemic.

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In September 2005, Prince William granted his patronage to Centrepoint, a charity that assists the homeless.

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The Prince William opened their new facility, Apprenticeship House, in November 2019 to mark their 50-year anniversary.

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Prince William has been patron of homelessness charity The Passage since 2019 after first visiting the centre in 1992 with his mother.

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In December 2020, Prince William volunteered at the charity to help prepare donation bags for homeless residents in emergency hotel accommodations and spoke with residents about their experiences.

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Prince William is a fan of football, and supports the English club Aston Villa.

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Prince William became President of England's Football Association in May 2006 and vice-royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union in February 2007, supporting the Queen as patron.

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In May 2007, Prince William became patron of the English Schools' Swimming Association.

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Prince William enthusiastically took part in a bandy event in Stockholm in January 2018.

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On 13 November 2005, an article appeared in the News of the World written by royal editor Clive Goodman, that claimed that Prince William was in the process of borrowing a portable editing suite from ITV royal correspondent Tom Bradby.

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Prince William noted that another equally improbable leak had recently taken place regarding an appointment he had made with a knee surgeon.

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An investigation under Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke concluded that the compromised voice mail accounts belonged to Prince William's aides, including Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, and not the Prince himself.

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In November 2018 and during a visit to the BBC studios in central London, Prince William publicly criticised the social media firms' approach to handling "misinformation and conspiracy" and added, "Their self-image is so grounded in their positive power for good that they seem unable to engage in constructive discussion about the social problems they are creating".

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In June 2022, a three-minute video of Prince William confronting Terry Harris, a paparazzi photographer, was posted to Harris's YouTube channel.

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Prince William is a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, and a Personal Aide-de-Camp to the sovereign.

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Prince William descends matrilineally from Eliza Kewark, a housekeeper for his eighteenth-century ancestor Theodore Forbes—a Scottish merchant who worked for the East India Company in Surat.

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