Prince William was born June 21, 1982, in London, England. The son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales, he is second in the line to succeed the British throne.
Nicknamed "Wombat" and "Wills" by his friends and family, William's first public appearance occurred on March 1, 1991, during an official visit with his parents in Cardiff, Wales.
As a teenager, William attended Eton College, where he studied geography, biology and history. While there, he also participated in soccer, swimming, basketball, water polo and cross-country. In 1997, his mother was killed in a car crash in Paris.
Four years later, William enrolled at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland; during his freshman year, he met girlfriend Kate Middleton during one of his art history classes. He graduated with a degree in geography in 2005.
In 2006, William joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. In January 2009, William was awarded the rank of flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force.
In November 2010, William proposed to Middleton during a rustic vacation in Kenya. The couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, tied the knot on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey.