Most recently in the news with the announcement that wife Princess Kate Middleton gave birth to baby No. 2, Prince William takes on even more responsibility as father to the future heirs to the British throne.
In the public eye since birth, Prince William
has grown up before our eyes as dewey-eyed boy, to gawky teenager, and finally to handsome fairy tale prince and future King of England.
Today, at his side is the beautiful Duchess Kate with whom William has made headlines worldwide -- first for their off-and-on sometimes rocky relationship, to eventual news of their engagement, and then royal marriage in 2011 touted as "the wedding of century."
Royal baby watch
Line of succession: 4th, after Prince Charles, Prince William, and baby Prince George Birth date: May 2, 2015 Gender: Girl
Weight: 8lbs 3oz
Name: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
Inevitably, news of a baby was next on the most anticipated stories emanating from the royal family. And, Kate and William did not disappoint as it was announced in December 2012 that a royal heir was on the way.
Then in September 2014, it was announced that two-year-old Prince George would be joined by a sibling. The news from the palace came with a simple declaration that "The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news that Their Royal Highnesses are expecting their second child."
The newest addition to the British royal family born on Saturday, May 2, 2015 fourth in line to the British crown just behind baby brother Prince George.
The name of the new little princess is Charlotte Elizabth Diana, who will officially be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.
Charlotte is the feminine derivitive of Charles, Wiliams father, along with a nod to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, William's grandmother and mother.
Kate meets William
Middleton, (nicknamed "Her Shyness"), and Prince
William met while studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
The romance flowered when they later shared a house together.
While they were still dating, Middleton
had already met William's grandparents, Queen
Elizabeth II and Prince Philip and had frequently
appeared on the arm of her boyfriend at official royal ceremonies.
rumors that William was to propose to girlfriend Kate
Middleton fizzled early in 2007, with the heartbreaking news of
split. However, reports several months later had the couple
seeing each other yet again. Subsequent
news that Middleton had
left her job in the fashion industry in November 2007 served
only to reignite the rumors of an impending marriage.
about a possible location for the royal wedding ended in late November when the official news was announced that William
and Kate were to be married in Westminster Abbey in London, in the same location where Princess Diana's dramatic funeral took place in 1997.
I, William, take thee, Catherine...
A first kiss, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The royal wedding
On their wedding day, the crowds gathered throughout London for a glimpse of Royalty's Next Generation in a reality show full of pomp and pageantry.
The groom was handsome, the bride radiant, and the rain held off just long enough for a sea of celebrity guests - including Elton John, the David Beckhams, singer Joss Stone, and actor/director Guy Ritchie, and a host of world leaders and other dignitaries - to gather inside Westminster Abbey for the official wedding ceremony.
Within the hour, Prince William and long-time girlfriend and commoner Kate Middleton were pronounced man and wife to become the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the future of Britain's centuries-old monarchy.
William & Kate baby news
Months into their new marriage, rumors then began circulating about a possible new addition to the family for the young couple. (The reports of a soon-to-be pregnant Kate were actually based on royal precedent as most British royal marriages traditionally produce an heir within a year.)
The announcement came from London in December 2012 that Kate was indeed pregnant, folllowed by the joyous announcement of the child's birth on July 23, 2013. Weighing in at 8lbs 6 ounces, the third in line to the British throne was named Geroge Alexander Louis with an official title of His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
Three years later, the royal couple announced the news of another addition to the royal household. A girl, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, made her way into the world on Saturday, May 2, 2015 weighing 8 lbs. 3 oz.
been in the media spotlight since his birth on June 21, 1982.
he made history when he became the first royal prince to attend
an ordinary primary school at the insistence of his mother, Princess
Diana. (Reportedly, Diana's famous disdain for official royal
protocol has also been inherited by both William and his brother,
By age eight,
Prince William was sent to Ludgrove School in Berkshire, later
attending the prestigious Eton
College near Windsor Castle, one of his grandmother's official
It was during his time that William lost his mother to a tragic
car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997 - plunging almost the whole
Britain into mourning.
It was Prince
William who, it was said, made arrangements for Elton John to
sing "Candle in the Wind" at his Princess Diana's funeral.
He later walked with his father, brother and grandfather in the
London funeral procession.
Prince William at 21.
In 2000, Prince
William graduated from Eton and passed three A-level exams, after which
he chose to take a gap year to travel and participate in army
training in Belize.
Photos of the royal prince - performing manual labor and cleaning toilets
- were broadcast around the globe that same year when William
offered his services as a volunteer in a remote region of Chile.
In 2001, the
prince embarked on his final course of education at the University
of St Andrews in Fife, Scotland where he studied art history
and majored in geography. He ultimately took his master's degree
with second-level honors in 2005. The
colorful, traditional graduation
of Prince William was attended by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth
II and his father, Prince Charles.