His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is smiling to the camera.

His Royal Highness during the 2016 tour of Canada.

The Prince of Wales 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 His Majesty King Charles III and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is next in line of succession to the throne.

His Royal Highness was named Prince of Wales, along with his wife The Princess of Wales, by His Majesty The King during his first address to the public on September 9, 2022, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Early life and education

After attending a pre-preparatory school in London, The Prince William attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire for 5 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, Prince William chose to study geography at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland, where he earned his degree in 2005. He met Catherine Middleton while studying at St. Andrews.

Military service

After a period of work experience, Prince William 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 engagement of Prince William to Catherine Middleton was announced. The couple married at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. On the occasion of their wedding, Queen Elizabeth II granted the titles The Duke and The Duchess of Cambridge to the couple.

Their Royal Highnesses have 3 children:

  • Prince George, born July 22, 2013
  • Princess Charlotte, born May 2, 2015
  • Prince Louis, born April 23, 2018

Charitable work

The Prince of Wales is president or patron to a number of charities and organizations whose work he supports, including The Royal Foundation of The Prince and Princess of Wales, based in the United Kingdom. The Royal Foundation’s programs focus on conservation, early childhood, mental health and emergency responders.

Tours of Canada

Their Royal Highnesses smiling and waving their hand while they get of a plane.

Their Royal Highnesses arrive in Yukon during their 2016 tour of Canada.

His Royal Highness visited Canada in 1991 and again in 1998. After his marriage to The Princess of Wales, Their Royal Highnesses toured Canada in 2011, their first official visit in the Commonwealth as a couple. In 2016, they visited Canada again, bringing Prince George and Princess Charlotte with them; their first official visit as a family.

Learn more about past royal tours in Canada.

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