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prince williamMost 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."


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royal baby

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

Baby news

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

Kate 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.

Initial wedding rumors that William was to propose to girlfriend Kate Middleton fizzled early in 2007, with the heartbreaking news of a sudden 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.

In August 2008, Kate & William were again photographed together during a summer fling in the Caribbean island of Mustique. Meanwhile, reports also circulated that grandmother Queen Elizabeth expressed a private desire that Middleton first secure a "proper full-time job" before the couple announce their engagement.


William & Kate engaged

Pending the official announcement in November 2010, wedding buzz centered around a report from the March 2009 edition of the upscale French magazine, Point de Vue, claiming that William and Kate had already secretly become engaged in January and that an announcement "of the marriage between William and Miss Katherine Middleton" was imminent.

Related rumors 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.

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I, William, take thee, Catherine...

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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.


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Princess Diana holds newborn baby Prince William
Princess Diana holds baby William, 1982.

As the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, William is officially second in line of succession to the British throne before his father, Prince Charles, and ahead of brother Prince Harry, who is third in line.

William has been in the media spotlight since his birth on June 21, 1982.

Early on, 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, Harry.)

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 residences.

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 of Great 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.

Kate Middleton graduated in the same ceremony.

In 2006, William went on to also graduate military training at Sandhurst, the prestigious military academy south of London, from which his younger brother, Harry, graduated as a 2nd lieutenant.

In December 2009 secret palace documents revealed by the UK press has led to strong speculation that William may "represent the best long-term interests of the monarchy," which favors William over his father, Charles, as the next successor to the British throne.

The news also raised new questions about the timing of William’s marriage. Might he also be preparing for the possible eventuality of being crowned King of England earlier than anticipated?

 

Related Biographies:

Prince William of Wales - Wikipedia

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Quotes:

• The fortunate thing is I have had such a normal childhood in certain extents and it would very hard to see that slip away.

• The last thing I want to do is be mollycoddled or wrapped up in cotton wool because if I was to join the army, I'd want to go where my men went and I'd want to do what they did.

• It's got to be the best birthday present she ever had.
On the concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

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