From the day he was born exactly 40 years ago, today, Prince William was second in line to the throne.
And since that day in 1982, little has changed in this regard with my grandmother the queen still a monarch, and his father Prince Charles another heir.
However, when the Queen is now 96 years old and she begins to relinquish her responsibilities, the royal family increasingly relies on William.
For the past 10 years, he seems to have come a long way from a young man and the first pope in the royal family, working full-time, involved in family decision-making and responsible for helping modernize the monarchy.
In fact, Mirror royal editor Russell Myers called William a “reliable lieutenant” queen.
And when he celebrates his 40th birthday today, we see how he went from a handsome prince to a king in training …
Become a working royal
Exactly 10 years later, when William turned 30, his life looked completely different than it does today.
He was young, just married wife Kate a year earlier he worked as a pilot of the RAF search and rescue service.
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Later, after the birth of the first child Prince George in 2013 he took on the duties of pilot of the East of England Ambulance.
He stayed in the ambulance until 2017, after birth Princess Charlotteand only then did he become a full-time royal person – shortly before he and Kate were greeted Prince Louis.
Harry and Megan and the summit in Sandringham
One of the first instances when William was brought to the forefront when it came to decision-making by the royal family was during Megxit.
After Prince Harry and Megan Markle showed that they want to leave the post of senior members of the royal family, summit in Sandringham was held in early 2020 to negotiate their exit from the UK.
The summit was, of course, attended by the Queen, Harry and Charles, as well as William, who was involved in organizing the organization for his brother.
Meanwhile, after Harry and Megan gave their grand interview to Oprah Winfrey, William was the first to speak after the couple said the royal person had asked how dark their children’s skin would be.
After being asked if the royal family was racist, William spoke, saying “We are not a very racist family.”
The case of Prince Andrew
Another scandal that the royal family has recently faced is this Prince Andrew saga.
The Duke of York resigned from royal duties earlier this year after the Queen stripped him of his military titles and from using HRH status following a sex scandal.
Andrew denied the accusations against him and him later came to an out-of-court settlement with his accuser. The agreement is not an admission of guilt.
Now, it seems, William is taking on a more leading role in ensuring that his uncle stays behind closed doors.
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One insider told Daily Mail that William has “firm views” on the Duke of York and believes that “his persistence in trying to hold on to a public role is very dangerous for the institution.”
Another source, a friend, added that William “would cut [Andrew] long ago get rid of it if it depended on him ”.
It is considered a “family decision” was made to limit the appearance of the Duke of York on Garter Day last week before a behind-the-scenes dinner and introduction ceremony.
During the event, one of the most colorful in the royal calendar, Andrew was not seen in public Wilhelm and reportedly lobbied by Prince Charles’ father the queen about his involvement.
And according to Evening standardWilliam was “so alarmed” by Andrew’s prospect of attending the event that he made it clear that if the Duke of York was not disqualified from participating in public events, he would not participate.
But it’s not just behind the scenes where William is stepping up, in the last few years he’s increasingly representing the Queen.
And one of the most high-profile events he attended for the first time this year is this The state opening of the parliament accompanied by his father Charles and stepmother Camilla.
During the event, William took his place in the procession behind the Imperial State Crown and sat down next to Charles, who was obliged to read the Queen’s speech after she refused to attend due to mobility problems.
And for Royal Mirror editor Russell Myers, it showed how William was already preparing to become a future king and study with his father.
He said: “William is becoming the Queen’s trusted lieutenant, especially over the last couple of years.
“Due to the long Sussex saga and the nasty scandal surrounding his uncle, Prince Andrew William has been involved in high-level talks about their future, so it shows that not only Charles but William is also preparing for the kingdom.”
In addition, William also played a key role in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and regularly holds dedication ceremonies on behalf of his grandmother.
Sensitive foreign visits
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If members of the royal family hold any engagements or tours – they represent the queen.
And during some of the diplomatically sensitive visits it was William, as well as Kate, who was chosen by his grandmother as the one who carried them out.
In 2018, he became the first member of the family to travel to Israel and Palestine on official business and was praised for a successful trip to what could have been a diplomatic minefield.
He and Kate were also chosen to continue tour of Pakistan in 2019 in what has been described as one of their “most challenging” tours to date.
And in May, he traveled to the United Arab Emirates to convey his condolences on behalf of Her Majesty and the Royal Family. death of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
It was the second time in line to the throne William was asked to convey the condolences of the monarch after the death of the head of a foreign state.
Honors from the Queen
Another sign that the Queen inattentively trusts her grandson was that she awarded him a new role last year.
It was announced that William would become Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland – for the first time he was honored.
In this role he acted on behalf of the Queen and “maintained relations between the state and the church.
Looking to the future
Now that William is 40, his new role in the firm is secured, what awaits in the future?
Well, earlier this year it became clear that after his sharp criticism, crisis meetings are being held on how to modernize the monarchy. Caribbean tour.
He told aides that more than ever, he is determined to renovate the institution in an attempt to respond to a series of public relations mistakes in the region.
There has been a lot of speculation lately about what a monarchy might be like if William is to be ruled by his wife Kate, and this has already been called the “Cambridge Way”.
Insiders told how the future king and queen vowed to break the book of royal rules in the pursuit of creating this new path, cultivating their image and working on key projects throughout their lives.
One report said that William and Kate want to be addressed by name, not title.
It is reported that the couple is trying to give up suffocating formalities – including curtsies and bows – while on duty.
Meanwhile, one of the mantras in which the royal family lives is “never complain, never explain.”
He was taken on the queen for most of her reign, but William might have been willing to give it up when he became king.
According to Daily MailWilliam is said to respect the Queen’s approach, but believes that members of the royal family must be “smart” to survive.
A source told the newspaper: “The prince believes that for him the days of” never complain “are over. He will definitely not speak regularly, but believes that if the monarchy has something to say, then it should say it.
“He listens to people, he really does, and he has a very clear vision of the future. He is very much alive to what is modern and relevant, and very thoughtful. He wants to take his grandmother’s success and build on that path of his own.”