Thursday, June 21, 2012

30 Facts about Prince William of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge

  1. His full title and style is: His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
  2. He is the heir appaent's heir apparent.
  3. Prince William was born at St Mary's Hospital, London on 21 June 1982. 
  4. He was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 4 August 1982 (the 82nd birthday of his paternal great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. 
  5. His godparents are the former King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal cousin); Princess Alexandra, The Hon Mrs Angus Ogilvy (his paternal cousin); the Duchess of Westminster; the Lady Susan Hussey; Lord Romsey (his paternal cousin); and Sir Laurens van der Post.
  6. He has three godchildren:
    1. Prince Constantine Alexios of Greece and Denmark (1998)
    2. Tom Pettifer (2002)
    3. Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem (2007)
  7. He has a brother named Prince Henry.
  8. In his 2011 Wedding were:
    1. His brother Prince Harry was his supporter.
    2. His new sister-in-law Pippa was his wife's maid of honor
    3. bridesmaids and page boys were:
      1. William Lowther-Pinkerton
      2. The Hon. Margarita Armstrong-Jones
      3. Tom Pettifer
      4. Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor
      5. Grace Emilie Claire van Cutsem
  9. He was named after Prince William of Gloucester, his father's 7-years older cousin and personal hero, who died in 1972 in an aeroplane crash. 
  10. His father is Prince Charles of Wales and his mother was Diana, Princess of Wales. His stepmother is Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall.
  11. He has one younger brother, Prince Harry. He also has two stepsiblings, two stepsiblings-in-law and two siblings-in-law: Tom Parker-Bowels, Sara Parker-Bowels, Laura Lopes, Harry Lopes, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton.
  12. He has two step-nieces and three step-nephews: Louis and Gus Lopes (twins, children of his stepsister Laura), and Eliza Lopes (stepsister Laura's daughter) and Lola and Freddy Parker-Bowels.
  13. His first public appearance was on 1 March 1991 (Saint David's Day), during an official visit of his parents to Cardiff, Wales. After arriving by aeroplane, the Prince was taken to Llandaff Cathedral, where he signed the visitors' book, thereby demonstrating that he was left-handed. 
  14. On 3 June 1991, William was admitted to Royal Berkshire Hospital after having been accidentally hit on the side of the forehead by a fellow student wielding a golf club. The Prince did not lose consciousness, but did suffer a depressed fracture of the skull and was operated on at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, resulting in a permanent scar. He dubbed this scar a "Harry Potter scar". He was reported to have said, "I call it (the scar) that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it-other times they don't notice it at all".
  15. William was educated at independent schools, starting at Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School, both in London.Following this, he attended Ludgrove School near Wokingham, Berkshire, and was privately tutored during summers by Rory Stewart. At Ludgrove he also participated in football—along with swimming, basketball, clay pigeon shooting, and cross-country running. William sat for the entrance exam to Eton College and was admitted. There he studied geography, biology and history of art at A-Level, obtaining an A in geography, a C in biology and a B in history of art. 
  16. At Eton he continued to play football, captaining his house team, and took up water polo. The decision to place William in Eton went against the family tradition of sending royal children to Gordonstoun (William's grandfather, father, two uncles, and two cousins all attended); it did, however, make the Prince follow in the Spencer family footsteps, as both Diana's father and brother had attended Eton.
  17. It was also agreed between the Royal Family and the tabloid press that William would be allowed to study free of paparazzi intrusion in exchange for regular updates of the Prince's life. Then chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, John Wakeham, said of the arrangement: "Prince William is not an institution; nor a soap star; nor a football hero. He 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."
  18. After completing his studies at Eton, the Prince took a gap year, during which he took part in British Army training exercises in Belize, worked within English dairy farms, visited Africa, and for ten weeks taught children in southern Chile. As part of the Raleigh International programme in the town of Tortel, the Prince lived with other young teachers, sharing in the common household chores, including cleaning the toilet, and also volunteered as the guest radio jockey for the local radio station.
  19. By 2001, William was back in the United Kingdom and had enrolled, under the name William Wales,at the University of St Andrews. News of this caused a temporary increase in the number of applications to St Andrews, mostly from young women who wanted an opportunity to meet the Prince. The extra attention did not deter him, though, and he embarked on a degree course in art history, later changing his main subject to geography, and going on to earn a Scottish Master of Arts degree with upper second class honours in geography—the best degree of any heir to the throne of Britain and the Commonwealth realms. 
  20. While at university, Prince William also represented the Scottish national universities water polo team at the Celtic Nations tournament in 2004.
  21. He was known as “Steve” by other students to avoid any journalists overhearing and realising his identity.The Prince returned to St Andrews during February 2011 as Patron of the university's 600th Anniversary Appeal.
  22. He began to accompany his parents on official visits at an early age; his first overseas royal tour was with his parents to Australia and New Zealand in 1983, a decision made by the Princess of Wales that was considered to be unconventional; not only was William so young, but both the first and second in line for the throne would be travelling together.
  23. However, he accompanied either both parents or his father on subsequent tours, and, upon graduation from university, began to undertake duties of his own, as well as obtaining experience in the private workforce when he worked with land management at Chatsworth House and interned at HSBC.
  24. At the age of 21, Prince William was appointed as a Counsellor of State, and began his royal duties by first serving in that capacity when the Queen was abroad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2003, in Nigeria. 
  25. For his 21st birthday, William also accompanied his father on a royal tour of Wales, where they visited the Anglesey Food Fair and opened a centre for the homeless in Newport.
  26. By July 2005, he was on his first solo overseas tour, travelling to New Zealand, on behalf of his grandmother in her role as Queen of New Zealand, to participate in World War II commemorations. 
  27. In July 2007, Prince William accompanied his grandmother's cousin The Duke of Kent, who is President of the UK Scout Association, in opening the 21st World Scout Jamboree, celebrating the centennial of the founding of the Scout Movement.
  28. He has a dog with his wife, named Lupo.
  29. He resides on the estate of Kensington Palace in a small cottage. In 2013, he will move into apartment 1A, his great-aunt's former apartment after it undergoes an extensive renovation.
  30. When he was a boy, he and his mother used to free the trapped stray cats at Kensington Palace and replace them with stuffed ones.

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