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    >>> glamour glamour couple of the year, william and kate , the duke and duchess of cambridge. soon we learn they're about to spend some time apart. michelle kosinski is at buckingham palace with more.

    >> reporter: duty calls for prince william . he found out he will be deployed nearly 8,000 miles away to the falkland islands in the south atlantic . it will be for more than a month, starting february, and kate cannot join him. it's almost hard to remember them not together, because together they shine. last night, kate , in a gleaming one-shouldered silver gown, she likes the silver lately, cinched at her yes, still tiny waist. they joined to help raise money for fallen soldiers. william himself has lost friends in battle.

    >> the national arboretum has become the iconic focal point for the remembrance of the nation's heroes.

    >> reporter: william 's service come february will bring him all the way down here, the falklands. not exactly a tropical paradise, where william will live in a sparse room on base, was warned, there's no atm or shoe repair here. and at last there won't be a walmart like brother harry had near his training in california, procuring royal necessities like pizza and beer.

    >> you are clear.

    >> reporter: lieutenant william wales will face some tough rescue training in trying conditions.

    >> the locals say you can have four seasons in a day and that is quite true. i've seen that, so you could wake up to lovely sunshine and it could be snowing four hours later.

    >> reporter: in really important matters, what about kate ? the newlyweds not yet even moved into their 20-room apartment in their palace will be able to celebrate the holidays together, catherine's birthday in january when she hits the big 3 -0, but then it's six long weeks apart.

    >> it is the first time that william and kate have been apart for such a long time and maybe she'll have to focus more attention really on her royal duties and what she's going to be doing in the future.

    >> reporter: the timing of will's expected deployment so far away is kind of quashing the questionably founded rumors that kate might be expecting. but it shows right now as a military man his first duty must be to his country. kate will have to wait at home. what's interesting about this is that next year will be the 30th anniversary of britain's war with argentina over the falkland islands which britain won but argentina considers the islands its own. some concern the prince being sent there now could hurt relations between the two countries.

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Prince William is pictured at the controls of a Sea King helicopter. In January his pilot training will take him far from his bride, to the Falkland Islands, for six weeks.
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updated 11/10/2011 1:54:02 PM ET 2011-11-10T18:54:02

Christmas will have extra meaning for Prince Williams and Kate this year, and not just because it’s their first Yuletide as a married couple. Shortly after the holidays, as part of his duties as a search-and-rescue pilot for England’s Royal Air Force, William will ship off to the faraway Falkland Islands — without his bride.

London’s Daily Mail newspaper reports that the prince will make the 8,000-mile trek to the Falklands in January for a scheduled six-week deployment, leaving the Duchess of Cambridge back home — family are not allowed to accompany servicemen.

William will report to RAF Mount Pleasant, the base his uncle Prince Andrew founded in 1985 while also serving in the Falklands.

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Though the Daily Mail notes the six weeks will be the longest period the newlyweds have ever spent apart from each other, Kate is said to be “very supportive” of William’s decision to serve. The prince has consistently resisted any possibility of avoiding the deployment, which is a typical post for a search-and-rescue pilot.

The RAF’s most famous serviceman heading to the Falklands could escalate friction between England and Argentina; William’s posting coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War between the two countries. In April 1982, Argentina moved military forces into the Falkland Islands, an archipelago in the South Atlantic 290 miles off its coast, to assert a long-standing claim on an area over which the British had exercised control since the early 1800s. Britain beat back Argentine forces in the 10-week war, which claimed 900 soldier lives — 650 Argentine troops and 250 British personnel.

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Decades later, tensions over the conflict remain. Speaking two years ago when William’s potential deployment to the Falklands began to make headlines, Argentina’s foreign minister Jorge Taina said: “This only serves to once again highlight Britain’s ongoing military presence in land and sea areas that are part of the Argentine Republic’s national territories.” Britain still maintains about 1,000 troops in the territory, which is home to about 3,000 people.

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Still, Prince William is unlikely to see any combat during his deployment. Instead he is expected to co-pilot one of the two Sea King helicopters at his base, flying on civilian rescue missions or natural disasters in the area, the Daily Mail reported.

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Britain's Defense Ministry said that the prince will not perform any ceremonial royal duties during his deployment. And to be sure, he won’t have royal treatment. His spartan accommodations will consist of a single room containing a bed, closet, desk, sink and mirror.

But there should be room for a picture of his bride — William is expected to return to Kate just a month before the couple’s first wedding anniversary.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.

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    Prince William turns 32 on June 21, and the beloved royal's life only seems to get better (and sweeter) each year. Take a look at the prince’s exciting life, from a privileged childhood to an inspiring adulthood.

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    Prince Charles and Prince William take part in the annual procession for members of the Order of the Garter ahead of the service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England Monday June 16, 2014. (Arthur Edwards / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Starstruck

    Prince William, actress Emma Watson and model Kate Moss attend a dinner to celebrate the work of The Royal Marsden hosted by the Duke of Cambridge in Windsor, England on May 13, 2014. (Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Bottoms up!

    Prince William makes a toast with rum after touring the newly restored submarine HMS Alliance during a visit to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, England on May 12, 2014. (Max Mumby/indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Looking dapper

    Prince William visits the Air Force Museum at Wigram in Christchurch, New Zealand on April 14, 2014. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, the first official trip overseas with their son, Prince George of Cambridge. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Welcome to the city

    Prince William smiles next to cultural advisor Kura Moeahu during a welcome to the city council buildings in Christchurch, New Zealand on April 14, 2014. (Anthony Phelps / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Royal arrival

    Prince William, Duchess Kate and Prince George arrive in Wellington, New Zealand on April 7, 2014. The royal family is on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, marking Prince George's first official trip overseas. (Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Family affair

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II attend the Windsor Greys Statue unveiling on March 31, 2014 in Windsor, England. The statue marks 60 years of The Queen's Coronation in 2013 and the important role played by Windsor Greys in the ceremonial life of the royal family and the nation. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Green day

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose for a group photograph with soldiers of the Irish Guards as they attend the St Patrick's Day Parade at Mons Barracks on March 17, 2014 in Aldershot, England. (Max Mumby / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Helping hands

    Prince William catches a sandbag thrown by his brother, Prince Harry, as they build a flood defence wall at Eton End School on Feb. 14, 2014 in Datchet, England. (Peter MacDiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Wildlife activist

    Prince William and Prince Charles take a tour of an exhibition about wildlife poaching before an Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at Lancaster House in London on Feb. 13, 2014. (John Stillwell / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Walking proud

    Britain's Prince William walks with vice chancellor Leszek Borysiewicz, director of Cambridge programme sustainability leadership Polly Coutice, and college master Christopher Dobson, as he arrives at St John's College at the University of Cambridge in England on Jan. 7, 2014. The prince has started full time agricultural studies. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Rainbrow bright

    Prince William appears under a parachute at the Haven Point leisure centre on Nov. 22, 2013 in South Shields, England. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Cute chef

    Prince William helps with a cooking lesson at the Centrepoint support centre in Sunderland, England, on Nov. 22, 2013. (Andrew Yates / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Knighted

    In a first for the elder royal son, Prince William took on his first formal knighthood ceremony filling in for Queen Elizabeth II Oct. 17, 2013 at Buckingham Palace, London. He dubbed his first knight — Sir Kenneth Gibson, honored for his work in education — by taking King George VI’s sword from an attendant and carefully tapping a kneeling Gibson on each shoulder. He then went on to dub 87 more recipients. (Jonathan Brady / PA Photos via Landov) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. 'Don't break the windows!'

    Prince William trains with former England international footballer, Michael Owen, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace in London on October 7, 2013. It was the first official soccer match on the palace's lawns. (Shaun Botterill / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Bend it like William

    In September, 2013, Prince William teamed up with retired soccer player David Beckham and retired basketball player Yao Ming to tape public service announcements against the illegal trade of wildlife products — specifically, rhino horn and elephant ivory. The PSAs were scheduled to air later in the year. (Kristian Schmidt For Wildaid / WildAid via EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. First official post-baby outing

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Tusk Conservation Awards at The Royal Society in London on Sept. 12, 2013. (Danny E. Martindale / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Surprise appearance

    A group of competitors preparing for an ultramarathon in Wales received a surprise on Friday when the Duchess of Cambridge, 31, made her first public appearance since the birth of Prince George. Kate joined her husband, Prince William, to ceremonially start a round of the Ring O’Fire Ultramarathon on the island of Anglesey, where the royal couple lived at the time on August 30, 2013. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Family portrait

    Michael Middleton, Duchess Kate's dad, took this shot in August, 2013 of the new family, who are joined by the couple's cocker spaniel Lupo and the Middleton family's retriever Tilly. (Michael Middleton / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Wild kingdom!

    Prince William holds a bird of prey on Aug. 14, 2013 at the Anglesey agricultural show on his first official engagement since the birth of his son Prince George. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Playing for charity

    Prince Harry, right, and his brother chat during a charity polo match at Coworth Park in England on August 3, 2013. (Jane Mingay / Pool via Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Charming

    Will arrives to play in the Audi Polo Challenge at Coworth Park Polo Club on August 3, 2013 in Ascot, England. (Max Mumby / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Big news

    Here's how the British daily newspapers celebrated Prince George's birth with headlines on July 23, 2013. (Tony Hicks / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  24. New father

    Prince William and Kate show their newborn baby boy to the world outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on July 23, 2013. (Ben Stansall / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  25. Polo time

    Prince William participates in The Jerudong Trophy at Cirencester Park Polo Club on July 14 in England. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  26. Order of the Garter

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  27. Sibling rivalry

    Prince William and Prince Harry compete against one another in the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 16 in Tetbury, England. (Max Mumby/indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  28. Royal smiles

    Prince William stands with Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice during the annual Trooping the Colour ceremony at Buckingham Palace on June 15 in London. (Mark Cuthbert / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Remembering the Queen's coronation

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on June 4, 2013. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  30. Heros on wheels

    Prince William and Prince Harry talk to injured cyclists before they launch the 2013 Hero Ride on May 20, 2013 in Tidworth, England. (Mark Richards / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  31. A young fan

    Prince William meets a young child during his visit to officially open the Tedworth House recovery centre on May 20, 2013, in Tidworth, England. (Mark Richards / WPA Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  32. Magic in the air

    Prince Harry, Duchess Kate and Prince William raise their wands on the set used to depict Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter Films on April 26, 2013, in London. (Paul Rogers / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  33. Dark Knighthood

    Prince William and Prince Harry inspect a "Batsuit" used in the Batman films in London on April 26, 2013. (Paul Rogers / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. To the Batcave!

    Duchess Kate laughs as Prince William sits on the "Batpod" during the opening of Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 26, 2013, in London. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  35. Braving the cold

    William and Kate visit Dumfries House in Ayrshire, Scotland, on April 5, 2013. (Danny Lawson / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  36. Feeling the groove

    Prince William tries out a DJ set during a visit to Glasgow, Scotland, on April 4, 2013. (Danny Lawson / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  37. Cheering the team

    William and Kate visit the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 4, 2013. (Danny Lawson / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  38. Field day

    William participates in a field hockey demonstration on April 4, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  39. Raising a glass

    Prince William attends a St Patrick's Day parade on St Patrick's Day on March 17, 2013, in Aldershot, England. (Toby Melville / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  40. Sharing a laugh

    Prince Charles, Duchess Kate and Prince William share a joke during a visit to Dumfries House on March 5, 2013, in Ayrshire, Scotland. (Danny Lawson / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  41. Flower girl

    WiIliam poses with Catherine as they leave the King Edward VII hospital in London, on Dec. 6, 2012. (Leon Neal / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  42. Hey Jude

    Prince William is joined by actor Jude Law in the Royal Box at the Winter Whites Gala in aid of the Centrepoint charity at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Dec. 8, 2012. (Luke MacGregor / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  43. Public speaker

    Prince William gives a speech at the Winter Whites Gala, in aid of the homeless charity Centrepoint, on Dec. 8, 2012 in London. (Luke MacGregor / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  44. Guildhall visit

    Prince William meets a boy in a wheelchair during an official visit to the Guildhall on Nov. 28, 2012, in Cambridge, England. (Samir HUssein / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  45. Football fans

    William and Catherine pose with Steven Gerrard during the official launch of the Football Association's National Football Centre on Oct. 9, 2012. (Rui Vieira / WPA/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  46. Pedal pushers

    William and Catherine meet ladies on training bikes during the official launch of the Football Association's National Football Centre at St George's Park on Oct. 9, 2012, in England. (Rui Vieira / WPA Pool/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  47. Cultural exchange

    William and Catherine observe local traditional groups at a cultural village in Honiara on Sept. 17, 2012. (William West / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  48. Flowery farewell

    Prince William watches a ceremony to mark his farewell with his wife Catherine from Tuvalu on Sept. 19, 2012. (Tony Prcevich / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  49. Diamond Jubilee tour

    Catherine and William, Duke of Cambridge visit Tuvanipupu Island on their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on Sept. 17, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  50. Roughing it

    Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, walk through the rain forest on the island of Borneo on Sept. 15, 2012. (Vincent Thian / AFP/Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  51. Polo with Lupo

    From left, Zara Phillips, Prince William (carrying his dog Lupo), Mike Tindall, Peter Phillips and Duchess Kate attend the Golden Metropolitan Polo Club Charity Cup polo match, in which William and his brother Prince Harry played, at the Beaufort Polo Club on June 17, 2012, in Tetbury, England. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  52. Catching a wave

    Prince William joins Queen Elizabeth and Duchess Kate in waving from the balcony during a visit to the Council House in Nottingham, June 13, 2012. (Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  53. Throwing caution to the wind

    Britain's Prince William throws a foam javelin at a children's sports event. He and Duchess Kate visited Vernon Park in Nottingham, central England, on June 13, 2012. (Phil Noble / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  54. Animal advocate

    Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, feeds a 5-year-old black rhino called Zawadi as he visits Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent on June 6, 2012. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge was visiting the park to meet staff and rhinos involved in a translocation project. The Aspinall Foundation along with the Tusk Trust and the George Adamson Trust are combining forces to stage a rare translocation of three captive-born black rhinos to Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania in order to rejuvenate numbers of the endangered species in the area. (Chris Jackson / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. All aboard

    Prince William and Duchess Kate prepare to board the Spirit of Chartwell during the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London, Britain,June 3, 2012. (David Crump / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  56. Pilot project

    Prince William prepares for his first sortie on the Falkland Islands on Feb. 4, 2012. The prince was starting a six-week deployment, operating helicopters as part of the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue team. (Andy Malthouse Abipp / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  57. Fight against famine

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wear hard hats as they visit the UNICEF emergency supply centre on Nov. 2, 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Royal tradition

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales are watched by their wives Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall while walking in the procession for the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on June 13, 2011 in Windsor, England. (Wpa Pool / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  59. Good sports

    Prince Harry and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge shake hands after competing against each other in the Sentebale Polo Cup polo match at Coworth Park Polo Club on June 12, 2011 in Ascot, England. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Trooping the Colour

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge rides his horse as he takes part in the Trooping the Colour parade on June 11, 2011 in London, England. (Indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Order of the Garter Service

    From left, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duchess Kate, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and Prince Edward leave after attending the annual Order of the Garter Service at St George's Chapel on June 18, 2011 in Windsor, England. (Murray Sanders / WPA Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Out on the town

    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the ARK 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner at Perks Field on June 9, 2011 in London. (Indigo / Getty Images Contributor) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Meeting the first couple

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talk to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at Buckingham Palace, in London May 24, 2011. (Pool / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. Kissing the bride

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, kiss on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on April 29, 2011 after their wedding ceremony. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  65. Wedded bliss

    Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave Westminster Abbey to the cheers of thousands gathered outside after their wedding ceremony on April 29, 2011. (Toby Melville / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  66. Official business

    Prince William escorts his gradmother Queen Elizabeth during a visit to RAF Valley where her is stationed as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, on April 1, 2011, in Holyhead, United Kingdom. The Queen toured the airbase meeting staff and families, watched a fly past and was given a guided tour of a Sea King search-and-rescue helicopter by Prince William. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  67. Incoming!

    Prince William kicks an AFL ball towards photographers while attending a community BBQ, on March 21, 2011, in Murrabit, Australia. He visited the state of Victoria to see town's affected by flooding. (Scott Barbour / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  68. Reaching out

    Prince William greets Kerang South Primary School students in Kerang, Australia on March 21, 2011 (Julian Smith / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  69. Romantic return

    Prince William and Kate Middleton smile as they return to the place they fell in love, the University of St Andrews, on Feb. 25, 2011. The couple returned to the university to launch a fundraising campaign for a new student scholarship. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  70. Happy couple

    Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Station in Anglesey, Wales on Feb. 24, 2011, where they christened a lifeboat. It was one of the couple's only official appearances together since announcing their engagement, and Kate was warmly received by both the people and the press. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  71. Football ambassador

    Prince William, in his role as president of the Football Association, chats with Prime Minister David Cameron and soccer star David Beckham during a meeting to discuss England's 2018 World Cup bid on Nov. 30, 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Matthew Childs / Pool via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  72. Happily in love

    Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton pose in one of two official engagement portraits, taken by photographer Mario Testino, in London's St James's Palace on Nov. 25, 2010. William proposed to Kate with his mother's sapphire and diamond engagement ring while on vacation in Kenya in October 2010. (Mario Testino / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  73. Engagement announcement

    On the left, Prince William and Kate Middleton appear at a press conference in St. James's Palace on Nov. 16, 2010, after announcing their engagement. On the right, Prince Charles appears with his then fiancée, Lady Diana Spencer, in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, on the day of their engagement, Feb. 24, 1981. The blue dress that Kate wore that day sold out almost immediately, and inspired several copies. (EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  74. Wedding rumors

    Kate and Prince William attend a friend's wedding in October 2010, just a few weeks before the engaged couple publicly announced their engagement. (Indigo / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  75. Football hero

    Prince William plays in a football match at a children’s education centre in Lesotho, during a visit to Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa with his brother, Prince Harry, in June 2010. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  76. Warm welcome

    Prince William is greeted by members of the public as he arrives at Australia's Government House in Melbourne, on Jan. 21, 2010. (Scott Barbour / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  77. Child's play

    Prince William reads to children from an aboriginal community in Sydney, Australia, on Jan. 19, 2010, during his first official overseas visit. (Jeremy Piper / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  78. Bearded man

    A bearded Prince William attends a Christmas Day church service at St Mary's Church in Sandringham, England in 2008. The royal family traditionally spends Christmas at the queen's Sandringham Estate. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  79. Pomp and circumstance

    Prince William and his father Prince Charles take part in Garter Day ceremonies on June 16, 2008 in Windsor, England. William was formally appointed the 1,000th Knight of the Garter, the oldest British Order of Chivalry, founded by Edward III in 1348, by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  80. Navy man

    Prince William trains with the Royal Navy at Britannia Royal Naval College on June 3, 2008 in Dartmouth, England. The prince spent two months with the Royal Navy following the completion of his training with the Royal Air Force to help him understand first-hand how the military functions. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  81. Visiting the wounded

    Britain's Prince William speaks with Lance Sergeant Adam Ball during a visit to a rehabilitation center for wounded members of the military in Surrey on April 21, 2008. (Steve Parsons / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  82. High fliers

    Prince Charles, in his role as Air Chief Marshal, presents Prince William with his RAF wings in a graduation ceremony at the end of his Royal Air Force training on April 11, 2008. (Tim Graham / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  83. Romantic getaway

    Prince William and then-girlfriend Kate Middleton use a T-bar drag lift while skiing in Klosters, Switzerland on March 19, 2008. Skiing is a favorite sport for both the prince and Middleton and the pair frequently take breaks at ski resorts around Europe. (Indigo via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  84. Flight training

    Prince William walks across the tarmac at the Cranwell Royal Air Force base on Jan. 17, 2008. The prince also served as an army officer with the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals. William's father, Prince Charles, completed his flying training course at that same RAF base in 1971. (Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  85. Remembering Diana

    Prince Charles, along with his two sons Princes Harry and William, arrive on Aug. 31, 2007 for a service in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 10th anniversary of her death. Earlier that summer, the princes organized a huge outdoor concert in Diana's memory. (Leon Neal / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  86. Horse play

    Prince William chats with fans during a polo match at Cirencester Polo Club on June 10, 2007. Polo is a favorite sport of the royal family and Princes William and Harry play often, as did their father Prince Charles. (Kelvin Bruce / Abaca) Back to slideshow navigation
  87. Old hats

    Princes William and Harry arrive at the Cavalry Old Comrades Association Annual Parade in London's Hyde Park on May 13, 2007. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  88. Playing games

    Princes Harry and William, along with Kate Middleton, William’s then-girlfriend, watch a competitive rugby game between England and Italy on Feb. 10, 2007, in London. The pair split for a short time not long after this photo was taken. (Richard Heathcote / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  89. Military man

    Prince William, right, marches with other graduates during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst on December 2006. The parade marks the graduation of officer cadets. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  90. Graduation day

    Prince William leaves the Chapel of St Salvator after his graduation ceremony from the University of St Andrews on June 23, 2005. The Prince, who studied geography, had special protection while he was in school to prevent the media from trailing him. (Bruno Vincent / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  91. Quiet time

    Prince William pauses in St Salvator's Quad at St Andrews University where he is a student in 2005. (David Cheskin / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  92. Wedding bells

    Prince Charles and his wife Camilla pose with their children on the day of their marriage in April 2005 at Windsor Castle. The couple chose this image to adorn their Christmas card that year. From left to right, the photograph features Prince Harry, Prince William, Prince Charles and Camilla, Laura Parker Bowles and Tom Parker Bowles. (Hugo Burnand / WPA via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  93. In his mother's footsteps

    Prince William helps Joyce Middleton pack items bound for the tsunami-stricken Maldives at a Red Cross depot in Warmley, England on Jan. 7, 2005. (ROTA via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  94. Birthday boy

    Prince William poses at St James's Palace in London in June 2003, for his official 21st birthday portrait. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / Pool via AFP -Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  95. Family moment

    The Queen and Prince William share a joke on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during a fly-past for the Trooping of the Colour in June 2003. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / WTA via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  96. Taking it easy

    Prince William poses on a pier at St. Andrews in Scotland on May 28, 2003. The prince, who was 21 at the time, was two years into a four-year degree in art history. (David Cheskin / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  97. A family in mourning

    The British royal family follows the Queen Mother's coffin out of Westminster Abbey after her funeral service on April 9, 2002. The family's matriarch, and the mother of Queen Elizabeth, died on March 30, at the age of 101. (Adrian Dennis / WPA Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  98. Model prince

    Prince William speaks with the British press at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh on Sept. 21, 2001 before beginning his studies at St Andrews University in Scotland. (Toby Melville / Pool via AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  99. Family celebration

    Princes William and Harry, and their father Prince Charles, celebrate the 101st birthday of their great grandmother, the Queen Mother, on Aug. 4, 2001 in London. (Sion Touhig / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  100. Manual labor

    Prince William, 20, carries a log used to construct walkways in the village of Tortel in Chile on December 7, 2000. The prince spent 10 weeks in Chile during his gap year before starting university. (Toby Melville / Pool via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  101. Father and son

    Prince Charles and Prince William meet the press at Charles' Highgrove residence in Gloucestershire on Sept. 29, 2000. The media were invited to the photo shoot to mark the start of Prince William's gap year before beginning university. It was also a thank you to the media who respected Prince William's privacy while he attended Eton. (Adrian Dennis / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  102. In mourning

    Prince William and Prince Harry bow their heads as their mother's coffin leaves Westminster Abbey on Sept. 6, 1997 following her funeral service. Diana was killed on Aug. 31 in a car crash in Paris. (Adam Butler / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  103. Family photos

    Prince William, 15, sits next to his mother in a family photo after his confirmation into the Church of England at Windsor Castle on March 9, 1997. (Tim Graham  / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  104. Greeting the people

    Prince William shakes hands with an enthusiastic crowd during a family visit to Canada on Oct. 27, 1995. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  105. First day of school

    Prince William, 13, on his first day of school at Eton on September 7, 1995. The princes' uncle, Charles Spencer, also attended the private school near Windsor, as did their maternal grandfather. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  106. Remembering the fallen

    Diana and her sons, Princes William and Harry, attend a remembrance service in Hyde Park in May 1995 in London. (Anwar Hussein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  107. On the piste

    Prince Charles skis with his sons, Princes William and Harry in Klosters, Switzerland on Feb. 18, 1994. The resort is a favorite of Prince Charles' and he frequently took his sons skiing there as children. In 2009, Prince William returned to the resort with his then-girlfriend, Kate Middleton. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  108. Brothers and friends

    Prince William, 7 years old, and Prince Harry, 4, watch the Beating Retreat Parade at Kensington Palace in June 1989. (Tim Graham / /Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  109. Future performer

    Prince William and Prince Harry play the piano in Kensington Palace with their mother. Diana made every effort to ensure that her boys experienced a normal childhood, including going to the movies and playing video games. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  110. Natural born speaker

    Prince William chats with the press on his 2nd birthday at London's Kensington Palace. Speaking about press coverage of his life and relationships, Prince William told TODAY's Matt Lauer in 2007, "[I] occasionally see a bit of it here and there, but you just let it wash over you." (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  111. First steps

    Princess Diana helps a nearly 10-month-old Prince William stand up at the start of a tour of New Zealand on April 18, 1983. (Tim Graham / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  112. Sweet moment

    Photographer Ian Pelham-Turner, who has has spent four decades working with royalty, took pictures of the royal family in 1982, but only recently learned about the whereabouts of the forgotten images. (Ian Pelham-Turner / Milestone Hotel) Back to slideshow navigation
  113. First photos

    The photographer who took the first images of Prince William as a baby has just discovered several unseen shots of the Prince lost nearly 30 years ago. Ian Pelham-Turner, who ironically now has studios opposite Kensington Palace, took the baby pictures in 1982.

    "I got a random phone call a few days ago and found out that in the region of 100,000 pictures had been discovered in boxes in an old building near the London Wall. It appears that they had been left by former agents of mine," he said in a press release. "When I opened the first box the images of Diana were the first to come out – just days before Prince William’s wedding." (Ian Pelham-Turner / Milestone Hotel) Back to slideshow navigation
  114. A prince is born

    Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales leave St Mary's Hospital in London with one-day-old William Arthur Philip Louis. Born on June 22, 1982, Prince William is second in line to the throne. (Anwar Hussein / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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