Every little girl dreams of, one day, meeting her prince on a white horse. Fairytales are full of dashing princes. But that is not the only place where they exist. There is a Prince Charming in real life as well. Yes, I’m talking about His Royal Highness, Prince William.
The 35-year-old Duke of Cambridge will one day become King of Great Britain. He is currently second in the line of succession, after his father, Prince Charles. But everyone knows that! Let’s check out this list, courtesy of Auntyacid, and learn some facts about him that are less well-known.
1. Army officer
Prince William graduated from university, and afterwards went on to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He completed the course successfully and was admitted as a troop commander into the Blues and Royals, a cavalry regiment of the British Army.
The Prince went on a Raleigh International expedition in Chile in 2000. He spent ten weeks in the countryside. During this time he slept under the stars, socialized with the locals and danced with them, and even went hunting for some rare deer. Not long after that, Kate, who wasn’t yet his wife, went to Chile on the same expedition.
He was born on 21 June 1982 at St Mary’s Hospital in London. A little more than three decades later, his two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were born in the same place.
Prince William is a solstice baby. He was born on Midsummer’s Eve. This is what astrology has to say about that, “Those born during the magical cusp of the summer solstice quickly fall under the spell of enchantment. Romantic and inspirational, they often put their talents and energies in service of a higher purpose.”
The first time when the Prince traveled overseas was when he was nine months old. His parents took him with when they made an official visit to Australia and New Zealand in 1983.
Prince William attended the University of St Andrews in Scotland, eventually chose Geography as his main subject, and earned a Scottish Master of Arts degree. In the beginning, however, he studied Art History, which is where he met Kate.
The Prince joined the Royal Air Force and underwent a four-month training at RAF Cranwell, the Royal Air Force station in Lincolnshire, England. He completed the course and on 11 April 2008 his father presented him with his RAF wings. His airmen colleagues nicknamed him “Billy the Fish,” which is a pun on the name “William Wales.”
He resides with his wife and children at Kensington Palace, Apartment 1a. This is where Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister used to live. The palace has three kitchens, three bedrooms, two nurseries, and five reception rooms.
Prince William loves surfing. He often goes to St Andrews, Cornwall, and Devon, where he enjoys riding the waves.
The night before his wedding, he got only about thirty minutes of sleep. Apparently, there was too much ruckus outside of his father’s house, caused by the massive crowd of revelers. William said, “They were singing and cheering all night long. So, the excitement of that, the nervousness, and everyone singing meant I slept for about half an hour.”
11. First dance
His and Kate’s first dance song was Elton John’s Your Song covered by Ellie Goulding.
12. Full name
His full name is William Arthur Philip Louis. It seems the choosing of the name proceeded with some difficulty, as Prince Charles once revealed that the decision was made “after a bit of an argument.” The name William was chosen by his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and Arthur was his father’s choice.
Prince William is a patron of Centrepoint, a charity that helps homeless people. He was inspired by his mother to take part in this organization: she used to be its patron as well. One time, in order to shed some light on the horrible conditions homeless people are forced to sleep in, he spent a night sleeping on the streets in London.
14. Free time
He and Kate love watching TV series; according to William, they are quite “box setty.” Some of their favorite shows include Homeland, Game of Thrones, and Neighbours.
In 2008, the Queen invested him into the Order of the Garter, and he received the title of Royal Knight Companion. The Order of the Garter is the most prestigious order of chivalry. In 2012, he was appointed to the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Scotland’s highest honor.
Prince William’s favorite dessert is chocolate biscuit cake. It is prepared with tea biscuits and dark chocolate; baking isn’t needed, just some time cooling in the fridge.
He has what he calls a “Harry Potter scar.” He got the scar on his forehead, still visible today, when, in 1991, he was accidentally struck by a golf club.
Fatherhood has put him more in touch with his emotions. William said that he is “a lot more emotional than I used to be. Now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get affected by the sort of things that happen around the world a lot more. Just because you realize how precious life is and it puts it all in perspective.”
In 2006, Prince William became President of England’s Football Association. He is a loyal supporter of Aston Villa, because of the club’s “great history,” according to him.
20. Arm wrestling
Arm wrestling with younger brother, Prince Harry, is “not even a contest.” William always wins.
21. Spicy food
He doesn’t like spicy food. During a reception at Kensington Palace for young people connected to Bhutan and India, William confessed to “struggling” with all spicy and hot dishes.
22. First crush
His first crush was Cindy Crawford. His mother, Diana, learned about this and invited the supermodel to lunch so 13-year-old William could meet her.
23. Childhood dreams
When Prince William was little, he wanted to grow up to be a policeman. But, his brother, Prince Harry, pointed out that he wouldn’t be able to, because he would have to be King.
He doesn’t lack female admirers. Actress Eva Longoria, and model Miranda Kerr are just a few of the celebrities who have admitted their crushes on the Prince.
Prince William is left-handed. This was revealed to the public for the first time in 1991, when he signed the visitors’ book at Llandaff Cathedral in Wales. Being lefty has proved an obstacle for playing polo, since this sport only allows using the right hand. But determined not to be outdone by his brother, Prince William learned to play with his right hand.