Prince William was born June 21, 1982, in London, England. The son of King Charles III and Diana, Princess of Wales, he is first 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 Catherine “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 the future Princess Kate during a rustic vacation in Kenya. The couple tied the knot on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, which is when they got their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Their first child, a baby boy named George Alexander Louis, was born on July 22, 2013. Their second child, a daughter named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, followed on May 2, 2015, and baby No. 3, a son named Louis Arthur Charles, arrived on April, 23, 2018.
William became first in line to the throne upon his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8, 2022. When his father became King Charles, William and Kate received past titles, including the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall. They also became the Prince and Princess of Wales, a title reserved for the first in line to the throne.