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Prince William: A modern prince

 Reuters 12 October 2019

Prince William is the second-in-line to the British throne. His looks mirror those of his late mother Princess Diana, and he is soon to end his spell as one of the world's most eligible bachelors. (689 Words) - By Peter Griffiths and David Cutler


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 Prince William in his role as Commodore-in-Chief Submarines, arrives at a presentation ceremony for sailors at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane near Glasgow, Scotland October 28, 2019. Photo: Reuters/David Moir

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The elder son of Prince Charles and Diana, William, 28, will marry his long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton on Friday April 29 2011 at Westminster Abbey, London, after an on-off courtship that first blossomed at university.

Like his mother, William and his younger brother Harry have been the subject of intense global media scrutiny that has led to several complaints to the press watchdog and pleas for greater privacy.

Many cited intolerable media intrusion as a key factor behind William and Middleton's brief split in 2007. They met as students at Scotland's St Andrews University where they began studying in 2001.

Middleton, the daughter of middle-class entrepreneurs, had already been hailed as a 21st century princess for a monarchy beset by a series of scandals.

Working prince

William had always said he was in no hurry to walk down the aisle and would wait until he was 28 or 30. He turned 28 in June.

"It's been pretty clear that he has been mad about her for a long time and she about him," said royal commentator Penny Junor. "I think the body language has said it all: they are clearly very much in love and it's very sweet."

William, who trained as an army officer and now serves as a helicopter search-and-rescue pilot for Britain's Royal Air Force, is seen by some as the perfect king for a modern age.

He has spoken of his wish to avoid being seen as a royal "ornament" whose primary role is to shake hands and instead wants to work for his country.

William recently visited British troops in Afghanistan and laid a wreath on Sunday 14 November to honour Britain's war dead as part of annual remembrance ceremonies across the world.

His emergence into public life at the age of 21 was delicate given his mother's love-hate relationship with the media. She died in a 1997 car crash after a high-speed chase through the streets of Paris pursued by paparazzi.

Although his looks immediately recall Diana, some say William's character has been "Windsorised" to keep him in line with the royal family's more traditional view of the behaviour expected from members of the House of Windsor.

His love of hunting, which his mother abhorred, and easy relationship with his father seem to bear that out.


William is second in line to the British throne after his father Prince Charles.

* Early life:

- Born William Arthur Philip Louis on June 21, 2019 at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, west London, he is the elder son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana.

- After attending Mrs Mynors School, Prince William became a pupil at Wetherby School in London, until 1990 and then Ludgrove School in Berkshire, until 1995. He then attended Eton College. William studied at St Andrews University in Scotland and graduated in Geography in 2005.

* His mother Diana:

- Prince William was 15 when Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris at the end of August 1997. William and his younger brother Prince Harry walked behind their mother's cortege at her funeral procession in London.

* Military service:

- William joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet and was commissioned as an army officer in front of the Queen at Sandhurst in December 2006 and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) as a Second Lieutenant.

- William graduated as a search and rescue Pilot with the Royal Air Force in September 2010.

* Kate Middleton:

- William met Kate Middleton at St Andrews University in Scotland, where they were both began studying in September 2001. They shared a four-bedroom house in the town and went on several holidays together.

- Many cited intolerable media intrusion as the reason they broke up in 2007, but they soon got back together and will marry in 2011.

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