Happy Birthday to Prince William



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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, KG, KT, PC, ADC(P) (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21 June 1982) is the elder son of Charles,
Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after his father.

William was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St Andrews. He spent parts
of a gap year in Chile, Belize, and some parts of Africa. In December 2006, he completed 44 weeks of training as an officer cadet,
being commissioned in the Blues and Royals Regiment. In April 2008, he qualified as a pilot (earning his wings) by completing pilot
training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He then underwent helicopter flying training in order to become a full-time pilot with the
RAF Search and Rescue Force in early 2009. His more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time service with the British Armed Forces
ended in September 2013.

William married Catherine Middleton, on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Hours prior to the event, he was created Duke of
Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, and Baron Carrickfergus. Their first child, Prince George of Cambridge, was born on 22 July 2013, and
their second, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, was born on 2 May 2015.

William, the first child of the Prince and Princess of Wales, was born at St Mary’s Hospital, London, on 21 June 1982 at 9.03 pm.He
weighed 7 pounds 1.5 ounces (3.22 kg). A week later on 28 June his name was announced by Buckingham Palace: William Arthur
Philip Louis. 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 Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. William had six godparents:
former King Constantine II of Greece (his paternal second cousin once removed); Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy
(his paternal first cousin twice removed); the Duchess of Westminster; Lady Susan Hussey; Lord Romsey (his paternal second cousin
once removed); and Sir Laurens van der Post.He was the first child born to a Prince and Princess of Wales since Prince John in
1905. William was affectionately called “Wombat” by his parents or “Wills” (the latter a name coined by the press).

Following his parents’ examples, William took interest in various causes from a relatively early age in his mother’s charitable work with
HIV/AIDS aid and prevention, and the Prince of Wales’ work with the natural environment and the inner-city disadvantaged, directed
William into those areas. He also showed a desire to focus on the needy in Africa, sometimes working with his brother’s charity,

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