- Prince William of Wales
Infobox British Royalty|royal
name = Prince William
title = Prince William of Wales
imgw = 220
caption = Prince William plays
poloat Sandhurst, 2007.
royal house =
House of Windsor
full name = William Arthur Philip LouisAs a titled royal, William holds no surname, but, when one "is" used, it is
Mountbatten-Windsor(or, more colloquially, his father's territorial designation, Wales)]
titles = "HRH" Prince William of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
Diana, Princess of Wales
date of birth = Birth date and age|1982|6|21|df=yes
place of birth = St Mary's Hospital,
date of christening = 4 August 1982
place of christening =
Buckingham Palace, London
Lieutenant, Blues and Royals, Flying Officer RAF Cranwell training facility, Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Iron Duke|
Prince William of Wales (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21 June 1982) is the elder son of
Charles, Prince of Walesand Diana, Princess of Wales, and is also the elder brother of Prince Harry. He is second in the line of succession to the British throne and those of each of the other Commonwealth realms. As the son of the Prince of Wales and the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince William is a member of the British Royal Family. He was the first prince to be born into the immediate royal family since the birth of Prince Edward in 1964.
The prince was commissioned as a
Lieutenantin the Blues and Royalsregiment of the British Army's Household Cavalryin December 2006, where he served together with his younger brother, Prince Harry. Within his regiment, he was known as Cornet William Wales. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5367862.stm William joining Harry's regiment] , "BBC News", 21 September 2006. Accessed 2 June 2008.] In April 2008 William earned his wings by completing pilot training at RAF Cranwell. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/kate-watches-william-get-his-wings/2008/04/12/1207856847954.html Kate watches William get his wings] , "The Sydney Morning Herald", 12 April 2008. Accessed 12 April 2008.] His rank was Flying Officerbut he was given the callsign " Billy the Fish" by his fellow pilots, a pun on his title William of Wales which also uses a part of his father's title for his surname. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7194657.stm 'Sharp eyes' William's solo flight] ]
In September 2008, the prince announced he will transfer his Commission from the Army to the Royal Air Force and is to train to be a full-time pilot with the Royal Air Force's Search and Rescue Force (SARF). [cite web|url=http://www.meeja.com.au/index.php?display_article_id=217|title=Prince William ready for Search and Rescue role
publisher=www.meeja.com.au |date=2008-09-16 |accessdate=2008-09-16 ]
Prince William was born on 21 June 1982 (21:03) at St Mary's Hospital in
Paddington, West London, England. His father is Charles, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His mother was Diana, Princess of Wales( néeDiana Spencer) [As the daughter of a Viscount, Diana was entitled to the courtesy style of 'Honourable' at birth, which was promoted to 'Lady' on the death of her grandfather, and her father's accession to the title of Earl Spencer in 1975. Further information on her titles and styles may be found at her article.] , youngest daughter of John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencerand Frances Ruth Burke-Roche. As a male-line grandchild of the British monarch and son of the Prince of Wales, he is styled "His Royal Highness" Prince William of Wales". As a child, he was affectionately called Wombator Wills by his parents .
He was baptised by the then-
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, on 4 August 1982, on the 82nd birthday of his paternal great grandmother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The baptism took place in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. His godparents are: former King Constantine II of Greece, Sir Laurens van der Post, Princess Alexandra, the Duchess of Westminster, Lord Brabourne and Lady Susan Hussey.
Through his maternal grandfather, Prince William is a descendant of both King
Charles II of Englandand Scotlandand King James II of Englandand James VII of Scotland. William, should he become King, will be the first monarch since Queen Anne to be descended from King Charles I of Englandand Scotland.
He has a younger brother,
Prince Henry of Wales, born 15 September 1984. On 1 March 1991 ( Saint David's Day), Prince William made his first official public appearance during a visit to Cardiff, the capitalof Wales. After arriving by plane, the eight-year-old prince was taken by his parents to Llandaff Cathedral. After a tour of the cathedral, he signed its visitors' book, demonstrating that he was left-handed. Photographs of the Prince taken during his visit are on permanent display at the cathedral. On his departure, numerous school children and local residents from the surrounding area presented gifts to him, which he received with a smile and the whispered words "thank you".
On 3 June 1991, Prince William was admitted to the
Royal Berkshire Hospitalafter being hit on the side of the forehead by another pupil wielding a golf club. The Prince did not lose consciousness, but suffered a depressed fracture of the skull and was operated on at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. A slight scar is still visible today.cite web| url = http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/newsandgallery/news/prince_william_marks_the_end_of_the_first_term_of_his_third__1470010393.html | title = Prince William marks the end of the first term of his third university year with an interview | accessdate = 2008-05-31 | date = 2003-12-14| publisher = "princeofwales.gov.uk"]
Death of Diana, Princess of Wales
In 1997 William's mother,
Diana, Princess of Walesdied as a result of injuries received in a car accident in Paris. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/conspiracy_files/6217366.stm Timeline: How Diana died] , "BBC News", 14 December 2006. Accessed 11 April 2008.] Prince William and his brother were staying with the Queen and their father at Balmoral Castleat the time. Their father, Charles, waited until the early morning to tell them the news.
At his mother's funeral, Prince William accompanied his father, brother, his paternal grandfather Prince Philip and his maternal uncle Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer in walking behind the funeral cortège from
Buckingham Palaceto Westminster Abbey. Both William and Harry attended their maternal grandmother's private funeral in Scotland.
Prince William attended independent schools in southern England. In his early years he was a pupil at Mrs Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory
Wetherby School, both in West London. He attended Ludgrove Schoolin Berkshire, a preparatory school. After passing an entrance exam, he went on to Eton Collegein Berkshire. Whilst there, he studied geography, biology, mathsand history of artat A-level. He was a keen football player and captained his house team.
Like a growing number of British
teenagers, Prince William chose to take a gap yearafter finishing Eton College. He took part in a British Armytraining exercise in Belize. He spent the final stage of his gap year in southern Chilein a small town called Tortel. There, he was a guest rap DJ for the small radio station, which he took much delight in doing. He became a volunteer with Raleigh International. Pictures of the prince cleaning a toilet were broadcast around the world. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1064991.stm Rugged prince scores PR triumph] , "BBC News", 11 December 2000. Accessed 2 June 2008.]
After his gap year, Prince William attended the
University of St Andrewsin Fife, Scotlandfrom 2001, graduating in 2005. He embarked on a degree course in History of Art, but later changed his main subject to Geography. William earned a Scottish Master of Arts degree with upper-second class honours in Geography, the highest academic achievement of any heir to the British and other Commonwealth Realm thronesFact|date=July 2007. At St Andrews, the Prince used the name William Wales. [Summerskill, Ben. [http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2001/sep/23/education.students Welcome to Will's new world] , "The Guardian", 11 December 2000. Accessed 2 June 2008.] [Howie, Michael. [http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/William-Wales-MA-collects-his.2637753.jp William Wales M.A. collects his degree] , "Scotsman", 24 June 2005. Accessed 2 June 2008.]
In January 2006, Prince William began his cadet course at the
Royal Military Academy Sandhurstto train as an Army Officer, joining his brother who had been there since May 2005.
Royal duties and career
On 15 December 2006, Prince William graduated from the
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst(RMAS). The graduation parade was attended by the Queen and the Prince of Wales, along with other members of the Royal Family and Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend. Prince William officially received his commission as a Lieutenantat midnight on 15/16 December 2006. As a graduate, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant rather than as a Second Lieutenant. Following the announcement in September, Prince William followed his younger brother into the Blues and Royals as a troop commander. Prince William has spent four months at Bovington Camp in Dorset, training to become a troop commander in an armoured reconnaissance unit.
Prince William and Prince Harry have both indicated that they would be prepared to undertake active service. Given his position in the succession and the reluctance of previous British governments to allow the heir to the throne to be put into dangerous situations, it remains to be seen if this wish will be fully realised. However, Major General Sebastian Roberts, general officer commanding the Household Division, indicated it was possible that the prince could be deployed to a conflict zone. However, Prince Harry's May 2007 deployment was cancelled because of "specific threats".
In January 2008, Prince William was commissioned as a
Sub-Lieutenantin the Royal Navyand a Flying Officerin the Royal Air Force(both equivalent to the rank of Lieutenant in the Army). He then began an attachment with the Royal Air Force, undergoing an intensive four-month flying course. [cite web
url = http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/20080107/ten-britain-royals-william-military-a56114e.html
title = Prince William begins RAF pilot training
accessdate = 2008-01-13
author = Yahoo! News] At the end of the course, on 11 April 2008 Prince William was presented with his RAF wings by his father, The Prince of Wales accompanied by The Duchess of Cornwall. The Prince of Wales graduated in the 1970s after receiving his wings after training at the same RAF College straight after University just like his son. William's official guest was his long-time girlfriend, Kate Middleton. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7340692.stm|title=Prince William awarded RAF Wings|date=2008-04-11|publisher=BBC|accessdate=2008-07-02]
During this secondment, it was later revealed that the prince helped to man a C-17 Globemaster to Afghanistan. It was during the same mission in which he assisted in repatriating the body of Trooper Robert Pearson. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7374589.stm|title= William visits Afghanistan troops|date=2008-04-30|publisher=BBC|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-30]
Following his attachment with the RAF, the Prince moved to train with the
Royal Navyfor two months from 2 June to 1 August 2008. During that time he spent three weeks at the Britannia Royal Naval College, spent time with units of the surface fleet, submarine service, Fleet Air Armand Royal Marines, before deploying for a further five weeks on HMS "Iron Duke" in the Caribbean. [cite web| url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7429261.stm | title = William's Navy posting revealed | accessdate = 2008-05-31 | date = 2008-05-31| publisher = " BBC Online"]
During the first weeks of his service within the RN, he took part in a secret underwater mission. [cite web|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/theroyalfamily/2162027/Prince-William-in-secret-submarine-mission.html|title=Prince William in secret submarine mission|last=Allen|first=Nick|date=2008-06-20|publisher=Telegraph Online|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-30]
According to several news reports, while Lt. Wales was serving on the HMS Iron Duke he helped to identify and capture a small vessel after he "spotted the vessel and became suspicious of a small boat being so far from land". [cite web|url=http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2008/07/03/wills-drugs-bust/|title=Prince William helps naval shipmates carry out major drugs raid|date=2008-07-03|publisher=HELLO! Online|accessdate=2008-08-30] The speedboat was transporting 900kg of cocaine, with a street value estimated at £40 million. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7485365.stm|title= William's ship seizes drugs haul|date=2008-07-02|publisher=BBC|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-30] Later the same month, the Prince participated in another raid, though no drugs were seized. [cite web|url=http://abcnews.go.com/International/story?id=5461747&page=1|title=Prince William in Caribbean Drug Bust|last=Browning|first=Eliza|date=2008-07-28|publisher=ABC News|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-30]
He is slated to take on another secondment during the autumn of 2008. The secondment includes working at the MOD as well as non-operational flying with the Army Air Corps. [cite web|url=http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/mediacentre/pressreleases/prince_william_military_secondments_in_autumn_2008_1233465855.html|title=Prince William: Military Secondments in Autumn, 2008|date=2008-07-31|publisher=princeofwales.gov.uk|language=English|accessdate=2008-08-30]
Prince William initially joined the army on a short-service commission lasting three years. Because of his future role, it would be difficult for him to have a career in the armed forces, unlike his brother who has made it clear he sees his service in the army as a long term career commitment. However, in
September 2008, it was announced that Prince William would be extending his period in the armed forces by transferring from the army to the RAF to train as a full-time search and rescuehelicopter pilot. This will see him undergo a much more extensive training programme than his initial secondment in the RAF, starting in January 2009. Once his training is completed in 2010, it is expected his tour would last 30 to 36 months. [cite web|url=http://www.raf.mod.uk/news/archive.cfm?storyid=65D7729A-1143-EC82-2E3FE8BEE1F37F89|title=Prince William set to join RAF Search and Rescue |date=2008-09-15|publisher=RAF|language=English|accessdate=2008-09-15]
At the age of 21, as second in line to the throne, he became eligible to become a
Counsellor of State, and first served in that capacity when the Queen was abroad on a state visit to Nigeriain 2003.
In July 2005, William carried out his first official engagements representing The Queen, as Queen of New Zealand, at
World War IIcommemorations in New Zealand. In the autumn of 2005, the prince took two work placements. He initially worked in land management at Chatsworth House, a Peak Districtestate of the Duke of Devonshire. William's second work placement was with the HSBC Group in London.
patronageis with the UK charity Centrepoint,cite web | title=Prince William Patron of Centrepoint | url=http://www.centrepoint.org.uk/content/view/54/41/ | accessmonthday=21 March | accessyear=2006 ] which works with homeless young people. During his mother's patronage to the charity, William would occasionally accompany her on visits. William is also patron of the Tusk Trust, an African conservation charity based in the UK.
The prince has been the president of England's Football Association since May 2006. In August 2006 it was announced that he would become Vice Royal Patron of the
Welsh Rugby Unionfrom February 2007, supporting his grandmother the Queen, who is Patron of the WRU. In 2007 the WRU's decision to name a new cup for test matches between Wales and South Africa the Prince William Cupcaused controversy, with many believing it would be more fitting to name the cup after Ray Gravell, with thousands signing on-line petitions. [ [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/rugbynation/rugby-in-wales/2007/11/24/prince-william-to-watch-namesake-cup-tie-91466-20155814/ Prince William to watch namesake cup tie] on "icwales"] [ [http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetails.aspx?EDMID=34332&SESSION=891 RAY GRAVELL AND THE PRINCE WILLIAM CUP] - Early Day Motionby Adam Priceon 13 November 2007] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/7110794.stm Prince watches Wales lose his cup] , "BBC News", 24 November 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.]
In a biography on Princess Diana by
Tina Brownpublished in 2007, it was reported that Prince William had expressed a desire to become the Governor General of Australia. [Associated Press. [http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/06/29/asia/AS-GEN-Australia-Britain-Prince-William.php Australian leaders dismiss the idea of Prince William as governor-general] , "International Herald Tribune", 29 June 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.] That such a desire should ever be fulfilled is doubtful, according to John Howardthe then Prime Minister of Australia, who said "We have for a long time embraced the idea that the person who occupies that post should be in every way an Australian citizen". [cite web|url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/william-for-gg-not-on-pm/2007/06/29/1182624122159.html|title=William for GG not on: PM|date=29 June 2007|accessdate=2008-08-30]
In July 2007, Prince William represented the Royal Family when he opened the
21st World Scout Jamboreecelebrating the centennial of the founding of the Scout Movement.
William's private life has been the subject of much discussion in the international news media, especially surrounding
In late 2005 the media concentrated on his long-term relationship with girlfriend
Kate Middleton, formerly one of his university flatmates, whom he began dating late in 2003. There was no statement from the Queen or the Prince of Wales regarding their views of the relationship or a possible marriage.
Kate Middleton attended Prince William's passing out parade at the
Royal Military Academy Sandhurston 15 December 2006. This was the first high-profile event Middleton attended as Prince William's guest. She was accompanied by her parents and the prince's private secretary Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.
On 14 April 2007 a "Sun" newspaper report suggested that Prince William and Kate Middleton had split up. [Larcombe, Duncan. [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article25145.ece "Wills and Kate split",] "The Sun", 14 April 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.] Other media outlets such as the
BBCconfirmed the story as the day progressed. The couple decided to break up during a holiday in the Swissresort of Zermatt. [Larcombe, Duncan. [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article25255.ece Wills & Kate: Tears in the Alps] , "The Sun", 16 April 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6554841.stm Prince William splits from Kate] , "BBC News", 14 April 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.]
A report in the "
Daily Mail" blamed a desire by royal courtiers not to "hurry along" a marriage announcement, and William's desire to enjoy his bachelor status within his Army career. The Mail also suggested that William's friend Guy Pellyencouraged the Prince to take a "careless approach" to relationships. The same article suggested that Middleton had "expected too much" in wanting William to demonstrate his commitment to her. [Wilson, Christopher. [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-448696/A-historic-act-folly-supreme-egotism-the-Prince.html "A historic act of folly and supreme egotism on the part of the Prince",] " Daily Mail", 15 April 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.]
In June 2007, the couple attended a party at Lulworth army barracks together. At the time Middleton and William insisted they were "just good friends" following reports of a reconciliation. [Larcombe, Duncan. [http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article238758.ece News: Wills and Kate are 'just friends'] , "The Sun", 25 June 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.] In July 2007 Middleton accepted an invitation from William to attend the
Concert for Diana, held at London's Wembley Stadium, but they sat three rows apart. [ [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-465530/Its-hard-life-Kate.html It's a hard life Kate!] , "Daily Mail", 4 July 2007. Accessed 2 June 2008.] In August 2007 after the couple spent a week-long holiday together on the isolated island of Des Rochesin the Seychelles Islands, the " BBC" and the " Daily Mail", among other news sources, stated that Prince William and Middleton were reconciled and had resumed their relationship. In October 2007, Middleton flew to Scotland with William and they joined his father Prince Charles for a shooting party on the Balmoral Estate. On 16 June 2008, Middleton attended the event of William's investiture into the Most Noble Order of the Garteralong with the Royal Family.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Infobox Royal styles
royal name=HRH Prince William of Wales
dipstyle=His Royal Highness
offstyle=Your Royal Highness
Titles and styles
*21 June 1982 — : "His Royal Highness" Prince William of Wales
Order-in-Councilin 1960, the non-titled descendants of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were given the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, combining the dynasty name of Elizabeth and the assumed surname of Philip. However, although titled, the Queen's children have all decided to use the surname also in honour of their father. For their banns for their first marriages, both William's aunt, Anne, Princess Royaland his own father, Charles, Prince of Wales, used "Mountbatten-Windsor" rather than "Windsor". "Mountbatten-Windsor" is now treated as being the surname of all descendants of the Queen and the Duke except those, like the children of the Princess Royal, who have a new paternal surname (in that case, "Phillips"). [ [http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page5657.asp Official web site of the British Monarchy] ]
As with Royal Family tradition, Prince William used "Wales" as a last name during his years of education, as has Prince Harry. William's York cousins in turn use "York" (other Royal Families also use their parents' title as their own working surname). Past precedent, however, is that such title-surnames are dropped from usage in adulthood, with either title alone or name and Mountbatten-Windsor being used on legal documents and banns of marriage.
Should his father succeed to the throne, William will automatically and immediately obtain the titles of
Duke of Cornwalland Duke of Rothesayand it is expected that he will be invested as Prince of Wales, although this is not automatic. Should his father predecease the Queen, leaving William as first-in-line to the throne, she may choose to create him Prince of Wales.
As the eldest son of the current Prince of Wales, William may ascend to the respective thrones of the
United Kingdomand the other 15 Commonwealth realms. If William decides to use his first name as his regnal name, he would be known as William V. He can of course, as monarch, choose any regnal name.
On 22 April 2008 it was announced that the Queen was pleased to appoint Prince William as a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble
Order of the Garter. He became the 1,000th member on the Order's Register. [ [http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/Page6247.asp] , Buckingham Palace Press Release, 22 April 2008. Accessed 22 April 2008.] On 16 June 2008 he was officially appointed by the Queen at a service at St George's Chapelin Windsor Castle. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7457000.stm William made Knight of the Garter ] .]
The last time a sovereign granted the Order of the Garter to a grandchild was in 1894, when Queen Victoria installed her grandson Prince Alfred, The Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Before him in 1884, "Prince George of Wales" (later King George V) was granted with the Order too.
*KG: Knight of the Garter, "22 April 2008"
* Cornet (
Second Lieutenant), The Blues and Royals, 16 December 2006 (with seniority 13 June 2003)LondonGazette|issue=58245|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=2075|date=13 February 2007|accessdate=2008-06-15]
Lieutenant, The Blues and Royals, 16 December 2006 (with seniority 13 June 2005)
Flying Officer, Royal Air Force, 1 January 2008 [LondonGazette|issue=58580|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=493|date=15 January 2008|accessdate=2008-06-15]
Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy, 1 January 2008 [LondonGazette|issue=58580|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=496|date=15 January 2008|accessdate=2008-06-15]
Honorary military appointments
Commodore-in-Chief, Scotland, 8 August 2006
Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines, 8 August 2006
* Honorary Air Commandant,
RAF Coningsby, 3 October 2008 [http://www.rafregt.org.uk/RAFRegtAssociation/tabid/53/language/en-GB/Default.aspx]
Infobox COA wide
notes = On his 18th birthday, Prince William was granted his own personalised
coat of arms. His arms are those of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdomwith a label for difference.
adopted = 1990
escutcheon = Quarterly 1st and 4th Gules, three lions passant guardant in pale or (England) Or, a lion rampant within a double tressure flory counterflory gules (Scotland) Azure, a harp or stringed argent (Ireland).
other_elements = The whole distinguished by a label of three points argent, the central point charged with an escallop gules.
symbolism = As the grandchild of the sovereign, Prince William's coat of arms has a label of five points. The "escallops" (seashells) allude to his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, whose Spencer coat of arms includes three "escallops argent"
Genealogists' results of his well-researched ancestry are presented at many websites and the first four generations are given below. For further ancestry, see Genealogics pedigree|id=00000172|name=Prince William of Wales.
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1= 1. Prince William of Wales
Charles, Prince of Wales
3= 3. Diana Spencer
4= 4. Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
John Spencer, 8th Earl Spencer
7= 7. Frances Burke Roche
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark
Princess Alice of Battenberg
George VI of the United Kingdom
Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer
13= 13. Cynthia Hamilton
Maurice Burke Roche, 4th Baron Fermoy
15= 15. Ruth Gill
George I of Greece
Olga Konstantinovna of Russia
Louis Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Milford Haven
Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine
George V of the United Kingdom
Mary of Teck
Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
23= 23. Cecilia Cavendish-Bentinck
Charles Spencer, 6th Earl Spencer
25= 25. Margaret Baring
James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn
27= 27. Rosalind Cecilia Caroline Bingham
James Burke Roche, 3rd Baron Fermoy
30= 30. Col. William Smith Gill
31= 31. Ruth Littlejohn
Through his maternal grandfather, Prince William is descended from King Charles II and King James II and VII of England and Scotland. William, should he become King, will be the first monarch since Queen Anne to be descended from
Charles I of Englandand Scotland. Prince William is of remote Armenian, Irish, Scottish, American, and English descent from his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
William's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son. Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in most royal houses, and can be traced back through the generations - which means that William is agnatically a member of the
Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburgline of the House of Oldenburg. House of Oldenburg
#Egilmar I of Lerigau, dates unknown
#Egilmar II of Lerigau, d. 1142
#Christian I of Oldenburg, d. 1167
#Moritz of Oldenburg, d. 1209
#Christian II of Oldenburg, d. 1233
#John I, Count of Oldenburg, d. 1275
#Christian III, Count of Oldenburg, d. 1285
#John II, Count of Oldenburg, d. 1314
#Conrad I, Count of Oldenburg, 1300 - 1347
Christian V, Count of Oldenburg, 1340 - 1423
Dietrich, Count of Oldenburg, 1398 - 1440
#Christian I, King of Denmark, 1426 - 1481
#Frederick I, King of Denmark, 1471 - 1533
#Christian III, King of Denmark, 1503 - 1559
John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, 1545 - 1622
Alexander, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg, 1573 - 1627
August Philipp, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, 1612 - 1675
Frederick Louis, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, 1653 - 1728
Peter August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, 1696 - 1775
Karl Anton August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, 1727 - 1759
Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, 1757 - 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, 1785 - 1831
#Christian IX, King of Denmark, 1818 - 1906
#George I, King of Greece, 1845 - 1913
Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, 1882 - 1944
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921 -
Charles, Prince of Wales, 1948 -
Prince William of Wales, 1982 -
* Royal William, a German red rose named after Prince William shortly after his birth.
* [http://www.royal.gov.uk/output/page5573.asp Royal.gov.uk - Prince William]
* [http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/personalprofiles/princewilliam/index.html Prince of Wales.gov.uk - Prince William]
* [http://www.monarchywales.org.uk Monarchy Wales - leading campaign organisation]
* [http://www.englishmonarchs.co.uk/windsor_10.htm Illustrated biography of Prince William]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6181761.stm Prince William graduates from RMAS]
* [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19190534/ Prince William talks with NBC's Matt Lauer]
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=Mountbatten-Windsor, William Arthur Philip Louis
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Eldest son of
Charles, Prince of Wales
DATE OF BIRTH=21 June 1982
PLACE OF BIRTH=
London, United Kingdom
DATE OF DEATH=
PLACE OF DEATH=
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