His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge (Prince William) was born on June 21, 1982, and christened Prince William Arthur Philip Louis on August 4, 1982, at Buckingham Palace, in London, England. He is the first child of the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in line of succession to the throne.
Early life and education
After attending a pre-preparatory school in London, The Duke of Cambridge attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire for five years. In 1995, he went on to Eton College, where he studied geography, biology and art history.
His Royal Highness was 15 years old when his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died tragically in 1997. After a gap year during which he visited Chile and Belize, worked on British dairy farms and visited countries in Africa, The Duke of Cambridge chose to study geography at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, where he earned his degree in 2005. The Duke met Catherine Middleton, now The Duchess of Cambridge, while studying at St. Andrews.
After a period of work experience, The Duke of Cambridge joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an officer cadet. Shortly thereafter, he was commissioned as an army officer and joined the Household Cavalry as a second lieutenant. His Royal Highness is a fully qualified and operational search and rescue pilot.
Marriage and family
On November 16, 2010, the Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his eldest son, Prince William, to Catherine Middleton. The couple married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. On the occasion of their wedding, The Queen granted the titles The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge to the couple.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have three children: Prince George, born July 22, 2013, Princess Charlotte, born May 2, 2015, and Prince Louis, born April 23, 2018.
Charitable work and military appointments
The Duke of Cambridge is president or patron to a number of charities and organizations whose work he supports, including The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, based in the United Kingdom. The Royal Foundation’s programs focus on conservation, early years, mental health and emergency responders.
His Royal Highness visited Canada in 1991 and again in 1998. After his marriage to The Duchess of Cambridge, they toured Canada in 2011, their first official visit in the Commonwealth as a couple. In 2016, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Canada again, bringing Prince George and Princess Charlotte with them; their first official visit as a family.
For more information, visit the official website of the British Monarchy.
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