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Prince William

Biography of Prince William and His Relationship With Canada


Prince William Gives a Speech on Parliament Hill in Ottawa

Prince William Speaks on Parliament Hill in 2011

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Dateline: 1/31/13

About Prince William

Prince William is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth and as second in the line of succession to the British Throne could quite well also become King of Canada and Canada's head of state one day.

Although Prince William had visited Canada a few times, it wasn't until he brought his bride to introduce her to Canada in 2011 that Canadians really got to see much of him. The young couple showed humour, warmth and sensitivity, along with energy, a willingness to try any sport going, and a good deal of glamor as well. Canadians responded with delight.


Prince William was given the title of Duke of Cambridge by Queen Elizabeth on his marriage to Catherine Middleton in 2011.

His full title is His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge KG KT.


June 21, 1982 in London, England

Prince William was the first son of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales. His younger brother Prince Harry was born in 1984.

Prince William's parents separated formally in 1992 and their marriage was dissolved in 1996.

Early Years of Prince William

Prince William first went to Mrs Mynors School and then Wetherby School in London. He then attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire for five years. In 1995 he moved on to Eton College where he studied Geography, Biology and the History of Art.

It was while he was at Eton when he was 15 that his mother Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.

During his gap year after Eton, Prince William visited Chile and Belize, as well as countries in Africa. He also worked on some British dairy farms.

Prince William then went to St. Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, where he graduated with a degree in Geography in 2005. He met his future wife Catherine Middleton while he was at St. Andrews.

Military Career of Prince William

Prince William joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet. He was soon commissioned as an army officer in front of the Queen and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) as a Second Lieutenant.

Prince William then trained as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot with the RAF. He graduated as a pilot in 2010. He is an operational Search and Rescue Pilot with the Royal Air Force, based at Anglesey, Wales. He commands Search and Rescue Operations in RAF Sea King helicopters, as part of a four-person crew. Because he will one day become the head of the Armed Forces, Prince William retains his commissions as officers in the Royal Navy and the Army, within the Household Cavalry.

In June 2012, St. James’s Palace announced that The Duke of Cambridge had qualified as an operational captain within the Search and Rescue Force.

Family Life of Prince William

Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married in a spectacular Royal Wedding at Westminster Abbey on April 26, 2011.

On December 3, 2012, it was announced that the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

Prince William and Canada

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge came to Canada in the summer of 2011 on a nine-day Royal Tour.

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