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In this essay, Prince William will be discussed based on information obtained through research on him and his family including general and personal information on him, his schooling and the important influences in his life. Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Windsor is one of the most known people in the world – despite the fact that he is only sixteen. This essay contains general information on Prince William, personal information, Prince Williams’s education and his life story – obtained from various magazine articles throughout his life. General information will include who Prince William is, where he was born, different forms of his name, and what other monarchists he is related to and how he is related to them. For personal information, Prince William’s physical description, his "likes and dislikes," and his personality will be discussed. His childhood schools will be mentioned and a description of Eton College will be included. The public can often obtain as much information on a famous person's life as they want and because of this abundance of information, Prince William's life will be detailed along with his influences in his life like Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Henry, and Alexandria "Tiggy" Legge-Bourke. "History-to-History" will include another member of the royal family born in 1066 named William I "the Conqueror," who was as famous during his ruling period as much as Prince William is in the 1990s. This essay will cover the above topics.
Prince William of Whales is second in line of inheritance to the British throne after Prince Charles of Whales, who is first. He was born June 21, 1982 at 9:03 p.m. weighing seven pounds, ten ounces at Saint Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London after his mother endured seventeen hours of labor. When he was born, his father, Prince Charles said "Nearly seventeen hours is a long time to wait … Obviously, I am relieved, delighted…. I think it is marvelous. It is rather a grown-up thing, I have found. It is rather a shock." His christening occurred at Buckingham Palace on August 4, 1982. When Prince William was born, Prince Charles gave a press conference, as the entire country was excited with the birth of another potential King. A press member asked, "Does the baby have hair?" "It's blonde, sort of fairish," Prince Charles responded. "Have you picked a name yet?" Smiling, Charles replied, each word measured: "We have a few names in mind. You will have to ask my wife about that. There is an argument about it." Someone in the crowd yelled, "Is he the most beautiful baby in the world?" The Prince grinned, "He's not bad." "Is he like his dad?" someone else asked. "No," the Prince shot back. "He's lucky not to be." Then someone shouted, "Give us another one, Charlie!" implying that the country wanted more than just one possible King. Prince Charles shook his head then said, "You'll have to ask my wife about that…." He let his words drift for a moment and then shot back: "Bloody hell, give us a chance!" Currently, Prince William boards at Eton College, a high profile school with other students that have just as much wealth and social standing as he has. He can live at Saint James's Palace at Highgrove, Gloucestershire in Whales or, of course, he can stay the weekend at Grandmother's home, Buckingham Palace.
Prince William has an extremely long name – three different versions. The first and most used is Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Windsor. The second, which is used less, is Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor. The reason for this second version's extension is that the royal family once signed a decree stating that after Queen Elizabeth's grandmother, the royal family would have the name of Windsor. However, another decree was signed confusing royal experts, so the name became Mountbatten-Windsor. The Queen has given no clarification on whether Mountbatten-Windsor or simply Windsor will be used. The third form, and longest, is a genealogical interpretation which means that he does not regularly use it, but nonetheless, it is his family's name: Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Schlesweig-Hostein-Sonderburg-Glucksburg-Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. However, his formal title – what visitors call him, or what he is to be officially referred to as, is "His Royal Highness Prince William of Whales. Everyone has nicknames and so does a Prince: "Wills," "Wombat," "Billy," "Billy the Basher," "The Prince of Wails" and "His Naughtiness" from childhood. More recently, his nicknames have been "His Royal Sighness" and "His Royal Hotness."
Prince William is related to a line of high profile individuals like the Queen Elizabeth of England, Prince Charles of Whales, and the late Princess Diana of Whales. In addition, he has a nanny named "Tiggy" who is not famous but very prominent in Prince William's life especially after the death of his mother. Queen Elizabeth is, of course, the Queen of England and the richest woman in the world. She is the grandmother of Prince William and sole protector – in her own thoughts – of her grandson. Prince William's father is Prince Charles of Whales. Prince William also has personal information obtained from interviews with the press and written questionnaires from the press.
There is an abundance of facts on the Internet including particular information that should not be posted anywhere. Prince William is six feet, one inch tall and weighs one hundred and thirty-two pounds. His hair color is sandy blonde and his eye color is hazel. Most people think his eyes are blue but because photographs of him are generally altered to increase sells of magazines, it is not wise to look at photographs in them. The reason for the altering is to conform to the belief that most people believe that blonde hair and blue eyes is considered the most beautiful kind of people.
Prince Williams' favorite color is either dark green or blue like most other teenagers. Like most Americans also, Prince William likes fast cars. He has a dog named Widgeon, a five-year-old Labrador, who is seen on nearly all of Prince William's hunting trips. He likes pasta, hamburgers, chocolate, venison, fruit salad and poached eggs from hens on his father's estate and when drinking, he prefers Coke or red wine. Prince William's hobbies and sports include shooting, which he likes more than anything, skiing, soccer, hockey, rafting, rowing on the Thames River, and swimming. He also likes to paint and it is rumored that he is learning the art quite rapidly and becoming somewhat accomplished.
Prince William has two personalities – one in public and one in private. When in public, he is jumpy and constantly worried about the media because he does not like them taking his picture. Although he presents himself very well in public, he has a hard time facing the cameras which will inevitably lead to the press getting more dangerous when trying to get that "perfect picture." Whenever in private, Prince William is said to be "outgoing and caring" and he enjoys company with his loyal friends. Of course, none of this information on his private life can be supported with concrete evidence because there are no pictures or witnesses to it. As for anyone, education must be very prominent to lead a successful life. Prince William’s life is currently centered on education because, like any sixteen-year-old, he must complete school.
Prince William, being royalty, has attended and is currently attending the finest schools in Europe. At the age of three, or from 1985 through 1987, Prince William went to Mrs. Mynor’s Nursery school in West London. From 1987 through 1990, he attended Wetherby School in Kensington, London and from 1990 through 1995, he attended Ludgrove School in Wokingham. Now, Prince William attends Eton College where, for Americans, is comparable to a very expensive private school costing anywhere from twenty thousand dollars to twenty five thousand dollars per term and an additional three thousand dollars for uniforms. Prince William's exclusive boarding school has more than one thousand two hundred students. There are two swimming pools, a golf course and dozens of soccer, rugby, and cricket fields. Prince William lives in an ivy-covered dorm called Manor House with forty-nine other people.
When Prince William entered Eton College, he was around thirteen, like many others who enroll there. These groups of boys are referred to as "The Lower Boys," and are in the "F" block of the school curriculum. This first school year of Eton College is roughly equivalent to the junior year of an American high school. Eventually, the boys move up from the "F" block to the "E," "D," "C" and finally the "B" block when, after that, he usually continues his education at a university although many former Etonians have taken a year off, known as "the gap year."
Students, despite their wealth, power and potential to destroy the name of Eton College, are kept on a strict schedule. Much like we have class periods, Eton College divides their school day into different "schools" and not periods. In the autumn term, the school day starts at 7:30 a.m. for "First School," and then after their first period, the students have breakfast at 8:15 a.m. Chapel starts at 9:20 a.m. and at 9:40 a.m., "Second School" starts. At 10:30 a.m., the students have a fifteen-minute break. After their small break, "Third School" starts at 10:55 a.m. and "Fourth School" is at 11:55 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., the students have Dinner, at 3:30 p.m., "Fifth School" begins and then, 4:15 p.m. is reserved for tea. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. is "Sixth School" and an hour later, at 6:00 p.m., they have a forty-five minute study period. At 7:45 p.m., the student's supper is served. Then, 8:00 p.m. the school is required to have house prayers. At 8:30 p.m., there is another study period, and finally, the day ends at 10:00 p.m. when all lights are ordered off. The "Fifth School" and "Sixth School" are on the whole school days only. In winter, spring and summer, the hours are slightly modified; for instance, teatime for the summer is at 4:45 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. Prince William's life is indeed intriguing and his life's details would be interesting.
Being a Prince, alone makes anyone famous and well known. However, Prince William is related to the most charitable woman in the world, his mother, Princess Diana who he loved very much. Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, Prince Henry, his brother and his "nanny," Alexandria Legge-Bourke are also great influences in Prince William's life. As most fathers have the greatest predominance in a boy's life, Prince Charles will be discussed first.
Prince William adores his father very much and now that his mother is gone, Prince William and Prince Charles will grow so much closer. Prince William is said to be more comfortable with his father than anyone else – for the reason of photographers: When Prince William is with he father, he is photographed much less than when he was with his "mum." Prince William also enjoys being with his dad at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Prince William is said to keep his emotions inside like Prince Charles. Prince William is said to get his love for the outdoors, fishing and fast cars from Prince Charles. Prince William's father has been said not to be a worthy parent and not as fun loving as Diana – but many times he has proven that wrong. Recently, Prince Charles let Prince William drive a Land Rover on the Balmoral Estate at an estimated seventy-five miles per hour. Many claim that Prince Charles has trouble showing his feelings because of his childhood – feelings were not allowed to be shown in public and one famous picture that details this is when Prince Charles was four and after not seeing his mother for a few months, she stepped off a plane to shake his hand and straighten his collar.
In 1991, Price William was accidentally struck in the head with a golf club when a fellow schoolmate was swinging it around his head and Prince William happened to be in the way. Princess Diana got behind the wheel of her Jaguar and sped thirty-six miles to the hospital and Prince Charles was driven to the hospital in his Aston Martin. Princess Diana stayed in the hospital for two days with Prince William and Prince Charles left before the seventy minute operation to repair Prince William's "depressed fracture" to go to an opera concert that had been planned two months before. Then, Prince Charles came back, visited Prince William for forty-two minutes and left for another "private engagement." The next day, headlines were screaming with "WHAT KIND OF A DAD ARE YOU?" type articles. At Christmas, Princess Diana was alone and heard Prince Henry's solo at the school Christmas concert. Over the Easter break, Prince Diana and the boys were on their own again, except for a brief appearance with Prince Charles at church. "There's a certain kind of Englishman who doesn't take a lot of interest in his sons until they're able to kick a rugby ball, or in his case, swing a polo mallet. The only public sign of affection Charles has shown was last year when he saw they boys playing a makeshift game of horse-less polo. He called them over and patted them on the head. Charles does begin to look increasingly like that rather disappointing, repressed, uptight Englishman." Dr. Ronald Levant has said that with fathers like Prince Charles, children often grow up having problems forming intimate relationships with their wives and children. He also said that the children will repeat what their father did "whether they like it or not." However Levant adds, "all kids really need is one adult who's absolutely nuts about them" and that, in the person of their doting mother, William and Harry certainly have.
To be fair, most of Prince Charles's sins are those of omission. Royals before him have treated their children the exact same way. If that is the case, Charles and his sons are merely trapped in a pattern that has nothing to do with the 1990s ideal of fatherhood, but has been part of the royal family fabric for generations. None the three – Prince Charles, Prince William, or Prince Henry – has ever known anything different, or probably ever will. The next most instrumental person in Prince William's life, and perhaps the most memorable of his family, was his mother, Princess Diana of Whales.
The person that Prince William loved, adored, admired and all around cared about the most was his mother – Diana, Princess of Whales. When Princess Diana was watching her marriage fall apart, she said that the only joy she got in life was playing the baby "Wills." Unlike Prince Charles, Princess Diana's devotion to her firstborn is seen on countless occasions. They regularly went on holidays together without Prince Charles, and much to Prince
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