Prince William's just second in line to the British throne, no big deal.
The world has watched the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana grow from a towheaded youngster who looked just like his mum to dashing philanthropist, helicopter pilot and family man, all the while remaining stoic in the face of increasingly intense public scrutiny.
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis (or William Wales when necessary) was 15 when Diana was killed in a car crash, thrusting him and brother Prince Harry into the spotlight as never before. He attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire, as well as Eton College, where he studied geography, biology and art history. He spent his gap year traveling in South America and Africa and working on a British dairy farm. He enrolled at Scotland's University of St. Andrews, where he soon met Kate Middleton, the woman who would become his wife…about eight years later. Why rush the fairy-tale ending, right?
They started dating in 2003 and though reports of their split in April 2007 both devastated true romantics and gave delusional types some hope, Kate was back by William's side at a party at Lulworth Army Barracks that June.
Will was first commissioned as an army officer in December 2006 and went on to become a Royal Air Force Search and Rescue pilot, making it inevitable that an inordinate amount of headlines would be written about the RAF Search and Rescue team.
He graduated to fully operational status in September 2010, which in hindsight appears to be a clear precursor to what came next.
Finally having reached a major career goal, it was then time for Will to take the next step in his personal life: His engagement to Kate was announced on Nov. 16, 2010, the official photos of the beaming couple, in which Kate flashes a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire and diamond ring that once belonged to Diana, instantly becoming images for the ages.
Will married Kate on April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in a globally televised ceremony, after which the pair were named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (not to mention Earl and Countess of Strathearn and Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus) by Will's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
The prince is an avid sportsman and frequently—including just days before his first child was scheduled to be born—can be found on a polo field. He also rides motorcycles and is a big fan of football (the European kind) and rugby. And like his parents, Will has adopted a number of local and global causes, from improving care for HIV/AIDS patients to the fight to stop illegal wildlife poaching in Africa.
Forced to show their hand due to Kate's hospitalization for hyperemesis gravidarum, St. James's Palace announced Dec. 3, 2012, that the duke and duchess were expecting their first child. The couple welcomed their first child, a boy weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces, on July 22, 2013.
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