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25 Interesting Facts about Prince William

Prince William with Stephen Watson at Windsor Castle. Source: Alastair279/Wikimedia Commons

1. He was born at London’s St. Mary’s Hospital at 9:03 PM, the first time an heir to the throne was born outside of the Buckingham Palace.

2. His parents affectionately called him “Wombat” as a child. The press, however, would call him “Wills”.

3. Since birth, he has been second to his father, Prince Charles, in the line of succession to the British throne.

4. Having been delivered by the late Princess Diana on Midsummer’s Eve, he is considered a solstice baby. This, according to astrological experts, means he is inspirational and romantic.

5. He was merely nine months old when he made his first trip overseas, accompanying his parents to an official visit to New Zealand and Australia back in 1983.

Prince William with his family. Source: Archives New Zealand/Wikimedia Commons
6. Prince William graduated from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews with a degree in Geography. He initially took Art History, where he met his then future wife, Kate.

7. The news of Prince William attending University of St. Andrews caused an increase in application amongst young women who were eager to meet the then royal bachelor in person.

8. Getting wind of the fact that his son had a huge crush on Cindy Crawford, the late Princess Diana invited the supermodel for lunch at the Kensington Palace. The 13-year-ol William could not be more delighted!

9. He is confident that he can trample down his brother Harry in an arm wrestling match. “It’s not even a contest,” he was once heard saying.

10. The prince loves to surf, and he reportedly enjoys the waves in Cornwall, St. Andrews, and Devon.


11. The military uniform he wore during his wedding made use of “sweat-wicking materials” to keep him cool all throughout the ceremony.

12. He is left-handed, which first came into public knowledge after he was seen signing the visitors’ book during a 1991 trip to the Llandaff Cathedral.

13. Just like his grandmother, Her Majesty The Queen, he is quite obsessed with chocolate biscuit cake—a scrumptious no-bake, refrigerated mixture of dark chocolate and tea biscuits—that he even had one made for his wedding.

14. A friend accidentally hitting him with a golf club on the face was what caused that infamous blemish on his forehead, which Prince William fondly calls the “Harry Potter scar”. "I call it that because it glows sometimes and some people notice it—other times they don't notice it at all," he explained during a past interview.

15. He is a fan of South African food chain Nandos. He loves their spicy peri-peri chicken!


16. The young Prince William originally wanted to be a policeman, until his younger brother Harry reminded him that he “got to be King”.

17. In 2011, he delivered a speech entirely in French during a visit in Quebec.

18. Fatherhood has made him a tad bit emotional. “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,” he confessed in a previous interview.

19. He broke Royal tradition when he personally drove Kate and then newly-born Prince George home from the hospital.

20. He and Kate loves binge watching American TV series Game of Thrones and Homeland, as well as Australia’s longest-running drama series, Neighbours.


21. In 20016, he entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after finishing the said course.

22. He joined the Royal Air Force in 2008. There he earned the moniker “Billy the Fish” from his co-airmen, a wordplay on ‘William Wales”.

23. The night before the wedding turned out to be quite disastrous for the prince, sleep-wise. He only was able to doze off for 30 minutes, thanks to the almost endless “singing and cheering all night long” outside his father’s abode.

24. The engagement ring (blue sapphire) he gave Kate was that of his mother’s. He later explained that he did such so the late Princess of Wales would not miss out on his special day.

25. Although he likes Nandos’s spicy peri-peri chicken, he previously admitted that he could not stand very hot food.

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