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The Duke of Cambridge was born at 9.03pm on 21st June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin announced that the Royal baby weighed 7lb 1 1/2oz.

On 4th August 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 Mynors School, His Royal Highness became a pupil at Wetherby School in London, from 15th January 1987 until 5th July 1990.

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



The Duke was 15-years-old when Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris on 31st August 1997. The Duke and Prince Harry walked behind their mother’s cortege at her funeral which was held at Westminster Abbey on 6th September 1997.

After a gap year in which he visited Chile, Belize, worked on British dairy farms and visited countries in Africa, His Royal Highness 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, The Duke 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 (23rd April 2008) The Queen appointed His Royal Highness 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.

On 29th April 2011, His Royal Highness married Miss Catherine Middleton.  The couple are now known as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The other official titles given by The Queen on His Royal Highness's wedding day are The Earl of Strathearn and The Baron of Carrickfergus.

The official residence of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is Kensington Palace, where their household office is also based.

The Duke of Cambridge – or Flight Lieutenant Wales as he is known in the military – worked as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot, baseed in Angelsey in Wales. In 2012, The Duke was posted to Falkland Islands on a routine six-week operational deployment. He undertook Search and Rescue Duties as part of a four man crew, which included providing cover for the aviation assets based on the island as well as offering assistance to shipping vessels and those in need of mountain rescue.

On 29th May 2012, The Duke of Cambridge said he was 'honoured' to be conferred to the Order of the Thistle in the year of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

On 3rd December 2012, St James's Palace released a statement that Their Royal Highnesses were pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting a baby.

On 22nd July 2013, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were delighted to announce the birth of a son, George Alexander Louis, born at the Lindo Wing, St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington.

On 23rd October, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's son, Prince George, was christened at the Chapel Royal at St James's Palace - find out more about Prince George.

 
In September 2013, Kensington Palace released a statement about The Duke of Cambridge leaving the RAF.

In January 2014, The Duke of Cambridge began a 10-week bespoke programme in agricultural management, organised by the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge.

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