A Biography of Prince William

INSIDE EDITION follows Prince William's life from birth to his engagement to Kate Middleton.

Prince William is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.

On November 16th 2010, The Prince of Wales was delighted to announce that His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales is to marry Miss Catherine Middleton.

He was born at 9.03 p.m. on June 21st, 1982, at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin announced that the Royal baby weighed 7lb 1 1/2oz.

On August 4th, 1982, Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was christened by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace.

After attending Mrs Mynor's School, Prince William became a pupil at Wetherby School in London, from January 15th, 1987 until July 5th, 1990.

From September 1990, The Prince attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire, for five years until July 5th, 1995. He then attended Eton College from July 1995 and studied Geography, Biology and History of Art at A Level.  

Prince William was 15-years-old when Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 13th, 1997. Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind their mother's cortege at her funeral, which was held at Westminster Abbey on September 6th, 1997.

After a gap year in which he visited Chile, Belize, worked on British dairy farms and visited countries in Africa, Prince William chose to study at St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland. He graduated with a 2:1 in Geography in 2005.

After a period of work experience, Prince William joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as an Officer Cadet.

He was commissioned as an army officer in front of Her Majesty The Queen at Sandhurst in December 2006 and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) as a Second Lieutenant.

On St George's Day (April 23rd, 2008) The Queen appointed Prince William to be a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. He was installed at The Annual Garter ceremony held at Windsor Castle.

Although still a Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry, Prince William is a fully operational Search and Rescue Pilot with the Royal Air Force, based at Anglesey, Wales.

At the same time, Prince William is President or Patron to a number of charities and organizations whose work he wishes to support.