Prince William

Prince William


6/21/1982, London, England, United Kingdom

Birth Name

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor



Also Known As

The Duke of Cambridge, William Wales, The Earl of Strathearn, Prince William of Wales
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Prince William is the elder son of Britain's Prince Charles and of the late Diana Princess of Wales. After his father, he is next in line to the British throne. William is related to more of the people in our archive than you might think. On his father's…more

Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In June, 2008, William became a knight of the Order of the Garter, so if he were not a prince he would now be Sir William.

    • In honour of William's 21st birthday, the Royal Mail in the United Kingdom issued a stamp with his face on it. Over twenty million were sold.

    • In April, 2007, William and his girl friend of five years, Kate Middleton, announced that they were breaking up. But they still see each other.

    • A new hybrid red tea rose was named the 'Royal William' to commemorate William's birth.

    • In 2005, William graduated from the University of St Andrews with an upper second class honours degree in History of Art.

    • While he was at Eton, William was Secretary of the school's Agricultural Society, Keeper of Swimming, house captain, and house captain of games.

    • After trials at Fife in 2004, William was selected for the Scottish Universities' water polo team. His uniform number was 12.

    • On his father's side, William has two uncles, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and one aunt, Princess Anne. On his mother's side he has one uncle, Earl Spencer, and two aunts, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes.

    • William is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and of Earl Spencer and his first countess. His great-grandparents include King George VI, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Prince Andrew of Greece.

    • William's godparents are King Constantine of Greece, Sir Laurens van der Post, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, Lord Romsey, and Lady Susan Hussey.

    • William is often called Wills. As a child, his parents nicknamed him 'Wombat'.

    • William has said he gave up playing hockey because a friend had his teeth knocked out.

    • William is fluent in English and French and speaks some Welsh. He has also learn Latin.

    • William was the first prince of the British royal family to be born in a hospital.

    • William enjoys jazz and blues music.

    • William is 6'3" (1.91 m).

    • Every winter, William goes skiing in Switzerland with his father and his brother Prince Harry.

    • Madame Tussaud's in London has a wax figure of William.

    • William attended all the same schools as his younger brother Harry.

    • William was born at 9:03pm on June 21, 1982. He weighed 7lbs 1 1/2oz.

    • In England, William is a member of the Church of England, which is Anglican and Episcopalian. In Scotland, he attends the Church of Scotland, which is Presbyterian.

    • William is the elder son of Prince Charles and of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

    • William's full name is Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales. His family name is Windsor, and in theory he might become Sir William Windsor (as a knight of the Order of the Garter) if he were no longer a prince. However, it is more likely that he would be known by some other title.

    • It was Prince William's idea for his mother, Diana Princess of Wales, to auction more than seventy of her dresses to raise money for charity. The sale, at Christie's in New York, raised over $5,700,000.

    • William has been President of the Football Association, governing body of English football, since May 2006. He took over the role from his uncle, the Duke of York.

    • Under the Act of Succession 1701, if William were to marry a Roman Catholic he would lose his right to inherit the throne. However, it is expected that the British parliament would repeal the Act if this looked like happening.

    • William is not allowed to fly in the same plane as his father because an accident might take the lives of two future kings.

    • William said in an interview that as an army officer he would not wish to be kept out of the front line, as other princes have been.

    • William has a pet black Labrador, called Widgeon, which he named after a wild duck.

    • William enjoys playing polo.

    • It is likely that William will be created Prince of Wales after his father's accession as king, but this is not automatic. However, he is guaranteed to become Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay and Lord of the Isles in the event of his father becoming king.

    • If William decides to use his first name as King, he will be known as King William V.

    • William studied geography, biology and history of art at A-level.

    • In October 2005, William was accepted into the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to train as an Officer Cadet. His course began in January 2006. For a few months, he joined his brother Harry, who had arrived at Sandhurst in May 2005 but has now left.

    • While attending St Andrews, William used the name William Wales.

    • William took part in British Army training in Belize.

    • William is left-handed.

    • At Diana's funeral, William accompanied his father and brother and his grandfather Prince Philip and his uncle the 9th Earl Spencer to walk behind Diana's funeral cortege from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey. During his eulogy, the Earl Spencer promised that the Spencer family would take an active interest in looking after Diana's children, although William has seen little of him or Diana's mother since then. (The death of Frances Shand Kydd, Diana's mother, on 3 June 2004, may have something to do with this.)

    • Both William and his brother Harry were staying with the Queen at Balmoral Castle at the time of their mother's death. Their father, Charles, woke them from their sleep to tell them the news.

    • Through his mother, Prince William is descended from both the Duke of Grafton and the Duke of Richmond, two illegitimate sons of King Charles II of England. Thus, upon his expected ascension as King, he will be the first British monarch descended from Charles II, as well as the first descended from Charles I, since the death of Queen Anne in 1714.

    • William was christened on August 4, 1982, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. This day was also the eighty-second birthday of his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

    • William was born on June 21, 1982 at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.

    • After his father, the Prince of Wales, William is in line to inherit the thrones of the U.K. and the other monarchies of the Commonwealth. These include Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize and the Solomon Islands.

    • Prince William is second in the line of succession to the British throne, after his father and before his brother, Prince Harry.

    • William is known as "Wills" to his friends.

    • Prince William will become president of England's Football Association in 2006.

    • William spent five years as a boarder at Eton College. From 2002 to 2005 he was a student at the venerable University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he received a Master of Arts degree in Geography, with upper-second class honours - the highest academic achievement of any heir to the British throne.

  • Quotes

    • Prince William: I think it's very important that you make your own decision about what you are. Therefore you're responsible for your actions, so you don't blame other people.

    • Prince William: There is not a day that goes by that I don't think about her.

    • Prince William: The last thing I want to do is be mollycoddled or be wrapped up in cotton wool.

    • Prince William: I'm not an over-dominant person. I don't go around and expect everyone to listen to me the whole time. But I like to be in control of my life because I have so many people around me, I can get pulled in one direction and then the other. If I don't have any say in it, then I end up just losing complete control and I don't like the idea of that. I could actually lose my identity.

    • Prince William: Harry can paint, but I can't. He has our father's talent, while I, on the other hand, am about the biggest idiot on a piece of canvas. I did do a couple of drawings at Eton which were put on display. Teachers thought they were examples of modern art, but in fact I was just trying to paint a house!

    • Prince William: It's not as if I choose my friends on the basis of where they are from or what they are. It's about their character and who they are and whether we get on. I just hope I can meet people I get on with. I don't care about their backgrounds.

    • Prince William: Keeping your feet firmly on the ground is the most important thing.

    • Prince William: I'm always open for people saying I'm wrong because most of the time I am.

    • Prince William: I hope I'm not a tourist attraction; I'm sure that they come here really because St. Andrews is just amazing, a beautiful place.

    • Prince William: I've had lots of kids come up and ask for my autograph, I've had a grandmother stop me and ask me if I know a good place to buy underwear.

    • Prince William: The last thing I want to do is cause loads of hype or problems, I just want to go in there and get my asparagus or whatever.

    • Prince William: I just want to go to university and have fun; I want to be an ordinary student. I'm only going to university. It's not like I'm getting married--though that's what it feels like sometimes.

  • One handsome man.

    Great guy. Happy for him and Kate.
  • Prince William's all right.

    Prince William's all right. I think his brother is so much hotter though.

    William seems to be just like his mother because he likes helping people and all but he looks like his father. He looks like he will be an excellent King of England someday and he seems to like helping people. Which is a good thing. He's smart, athletic, and handsome. Not as handsome as his brother, but still, handsome none the less.

    William seems like a gentleman and seems like a genuinely nice person. I wouldn't mind meeting him someday.moreless