25 Royal Facts You Didn’t Know About Prince William • MetDaan

25 Royal Facts You Didn’t Know About Prince William


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.

2. Volunteering


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.

3. Birthplace


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.

4. Astrology


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.”

5. Travel


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.

6. University


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.

7. Piloting


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.”

8. Residence


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.

9. Hobbies


Prince William loves surfing. He often goes to St Andrews, Cornwall, and Devon, where he enjoys riding the waves.

10. Wedding


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.

13. Charity


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.

15. Titles


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.

16. Desserts


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.

17. Scar


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.

18. Fatherhood


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.”

19. Football


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.

24. Admirers


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.

25. Left-handed


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.

Source: auntyacid

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