About Prince William

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 10:43 AM IST

Ridhima Mangal

Prince William of Wales, son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales was born on 21st June 1982. He is their elder son and second eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

William comes second after his father in the line of succession to the thrones of 16 independent states. However, the royal family resides and is more directly involved with the United Kingdom which the oldest of these realms.

He was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St Andrews.

He spent parts of a gap year in Chile, Belize, and countries in Africa. He was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals regiment of the Household Cavalry where he was serving along with his brother Prince Harry.

After two years of being in the army he earned his wings by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

In 2009, the Prince was transferred to the Royal Air Force and was promoted to flight lieutenant and underwent helicopter flying training in order to become a full time pilot with the Search and Rescue Force.

In Autumn 2010, he completed his generic and special-to-type helicopter training and he is now at RAF Valley on No. 22 Squadron performing co-pilot duties on the Sea King search and rescue helicopter.

On 16 November 2010 it was announced by Clarence House, his home near Buckingham Palace, that Prince William and his long-term girlfriend Kate Middleton are to marry. The wedding is to be held at 11am on 29 April 2011 in Westminster Abbey, London.