Prince William, Duke of Cambridge

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Prince William
Duke of Cambridge (more)
Prince William in his Royal Air Force uniform on 12 June 2010
Spouse Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
(m. 2011)
Issue
Prince George of Cambridge
Full name
William Arthur Philip Louis[fn 1]
House House of Windsor
Father Charles, Prince of Wales
Mother Diana, Princess of Wales
Born 21 June 1982 (1982-06-21) (age 32)
St Mary's Hospital, London
Religion Church of England

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge KG KT (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21 June 1982) is the oldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and the late Diana, Princess of Wales, and grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He married Catherine Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on 29 April 2011.[2] Before his wedding, Prince William was made Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.[3][4]

Early life[change | change source]

Prince William was born at St Mary's Hospital, London. His father is Charles, Prince of Wales and his mother was Diana, Princess of Wales. He is the third grandchild of the reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. His mother, Diana, tried to shield Prince William and his younger brother, Prince Harry of Wales, from the media.

Education[change | change source]

Prince William began learning at independent schools then Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School, both in London. Following this, he went to Ludgrove School, and, after passing the entrance exams, he went to Eton College, where he learnt geography, biology, and art history at A-Level. At Eton, he took part in many sports including Football, basket ball, and water polo. He then took a year away from education (a 'gap year') before going to the University of St.Andrews. He graduated in 2004, with a degree in geography.

Military[change | change source]

William graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on 15 December 2006; the graduation parade was attended by the Queen and the Prince of Wales, along with other members of the Royal Family, and William officially received his commission as a lieutenant. With his rank obtained, the Prince, using the name of William Wales, followed his younger brother[5] into the Blues and Royals as a troop commander in an armoured reconnaissance unit, after which he spent four months in training for the post at Bovington Camp, Dorset. He also learned to fly, and is now a RAF Search and Rescue pilot.

Marriage to Kate Middleton[change | change source]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

On 16 November 2010, it was announced by Clarence House that William and Kate Middleton were to marry. Kate Middleton was a commoner (not royalty). The couple had met at University of St Andrews. Their engagement began on 16 November 2010. The wedding took place on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London. That day was made a bank holiday in the UK. After the wedding, the couple plan to continue living on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, where Prince William is based as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot. Also, William and Kate became known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge [6]. On July 22, 2013, Kate gave birth to a baby boy. On July 24, it was announced that the baby would be called Prince George of Cambridge, with the full given name George Alexander Louis.

Royal duties[change | change source]

Prince William has done many public duties for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and his father, the Prince of Wales.

Future[change | change source]

The Duke of Cambridge is second in line to the throne. Through his mother's line he is descended from numerous dukes. He is also a descendant of Charles II of England and James II of England. If he becomes King, he will be the first monarch descended from Charles I of England since Queen Anne. He is also related to King Henry IV of England. Sir Winston Churchill is also distantly related to William.

The Duke of Cambridge's Grandmother Elizabeth II

Ancestors[change | change source]

Prince William's ancestors in three generations
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge Father:
Charles, Prince of Wales
Paternal Grandfather:
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Paternal Great-grandfather:
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Princess Alice of Battenberg
Paternal Grandmother:
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandfather:
George VI of the United Kingdom
Paternal Great-grandmother:
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon
Mother:
Diana, Princess of Wales
Maternal Grandfather:
John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
Maternal Great-grandfather:
Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer,
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Cynthia Hamilton
Maternal Grandmother:
Frances Burke Roche
Maternal Great-grandfather:
. Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy
Maternal Great-grandmother:
Ruth Gill

References[change | change source]

Reference groups[change | change source]

  1. As a member of the Royal Family entitled to be called His Royal Highness, William formally has no surname. When one is used, it is Mountbatten-Windsor. In his military career, William uses the surname Wales.[1] According to letters patent of February 1960, his house and family name is Windsor. The middle name Louis is pronounced /ˈl.i/.