William (Wilhelm) Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge (Eng. William Arthur Philip Louis of the United Kingdom, Duke of Cambridge) - Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus; eldest son of the Prince of Wales Charles and his first wife, Princess Diana, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. He is second in line to the British throne after his father.
Place of Birth. Education. William was born on June 21, 1982 at 9 pm in London, in the Paddington area. William was the first crown prince to be born outside the royal palace - he was born at St Mary's Hospital in London.
On August 4, 1982, the Prince was baptized by the Archbishop of Canterbury at Buckingham Palace and given the name William Arthur Philip Louis.
From 1990 to 1995, the Prince attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire. It was a boarding school, and William did everything like everyone else, even sharing a room with four other students. At school, he was the captain of the hockey and rugby teams, was fond of swimming, played football and basketball well, and also represented the school more than once in cross-country running marathons.
After school, William entered Eton College, where he studied geography, biology and art history. The prince was always a diligent student and received good grades, both in core subjects and in education, in addition, he easily found a common language with his peers. Thanks to sociability, natural tact and modesty, with an absolute absence of arrogance, he quickly acquired friends and acquaintances. True, in college he lived in a separate room and used a separate shower - but not out of arrogance, but for security reasons.
When William's parents divorced in August 1996, the prince took it hard. He was always closer to his mother than to his father, but Princess Diana talked a lot with her children even after the divorce. Even after the divorce, she continued to be considered a member of the royal family and lived in Kensington Palace, doing a lot of charity work.
The big blow in the prince's life came on August 31, 1997, when his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident in Paris. The prince learned about the tragedy only on September 1 from his father, as Prince Charles forbade children to have a radio in the house. No matter how hard it was for him to cope with the grief that fell upon him, William found the strength to take part in organizing the funeral. He and his brother, Prince Harry, followed the mother's coffin in a funeral procession all the way to Westminster Abbey, where the funeral took place. After the death of his mother, William voluntarily visited a psychoanalyst.
In July 2000, after graduating from Eton College, the prince decided to take a year off from his studies. He traveled a lot, visited Chile, visited African countries after his mother (Princess Diana was actively involved in charity), and even worked on an English dairy farm. After a year, Prince William chose his future path: he decided to enter the prestigious St. Andrews University in Scotland, and soon became a student. The prince celebrated his coming of age (according to British law at 21) with an African-style party, which he held at Windsor Castle under the supervision of the queen herself.
The Prince's thesis in 2005 was devoted to coral reefs. He graduated with very good results (although not with honors), and in this he surpassed his father, a graduate of Cambridge. According to William himself, he spent four happy years in St. Andrew. For some time after graduation, William worked and was engaged in socially useful affairs, for example, he represented Her Majesty in New Zealand, in the cities of Wellington and Auckland at celebrations dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II.
Military service. In May 2006, Prince William entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He received his commission in December 2006 and joined the Royal Cavalry as a Second Lieutenant. In this regard, his career does not differ from that of his male ancestors, starting with Henry V, since in Great Britain the monarch formally heads the country's armed forces. In 2009, after graduating from the RAF Flight School in Cranwell, he was transferred to the Royal Air Force and promoted to Captain (Flight Lieutenant). He served as a rescue helicopter pilot. His service as a rescue helicopter pilot ended in September 2013.
Work as a pilot. In 2014, it was announced that the Duke would work as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance stationed at Cambridge Airport. The prince was paid a salary, which he transferred in full to the charitable foundation of the medical service. In July 2017, the Duke left his Air Ambulance job to take on a more active role in royal duties on behalf of his grandmother, the Queen.
Sport. In May 2006, Prince William succeeded his uncle, the Duke of York, as president of the Football Association of England. Being an active sportsman and also a supporter of the Birmingham Aston Villa football club, the prince expressed his ardent desire to involve as many children as possible in football.
Family. On November 16, 2010, Clarence House announced the engagement of Prince William and his longtime girlfriend Kate Middleton. The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton took place on April 29, 2011 at the London Collegiate Church of St. Peter's in Westminster Abbey. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams officially proclaimed Prince William and Kate Middleton husband and wife, and Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain awarded the young couple the title of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
On July 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm local time, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a boy, George (George) Alexander Louis.
On May 2, 2015 at 8:34 am, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.
On September 4, 2017, Kensington Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, due in the spring of 2018. April 23, 2018duchess of cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a boy.