Prince William, second in line to the British throne, has spent his youth excelling at his studies, marrying a beautiful, intelligent girl, and working at an important and prestigious military career with the Royal Air Force. This summer, he and the Duchess of Cambridge have even welcomed their son Prince George, the newest monarch-in-waiting, into the world. What’s next for this titan of a military professional and statesman? Retirement, apparently.
According to the new Royal father, it is now time to step out of the working world and embrace the responsibilities of raising a child – he and Kate have also explained that they need to start focusing more on their own duties as British Royals.
Just in case you were wondering what “royal responsibilities” are – here’s a general list from the Official Royal website that you might find helpful:
* Representing The Queen at the national and international level
* Making The Queen’s guests feel welcome
* Patronizing over 3000 public and charity organizations
* Reading and responding to official correspondence
* Supporting the Armed Services
* Maintaining and fundraising for private charity organizations
The Royals’ official website explains that it is the responsibility of any Royal family member to “support The Queen in her many State and national duties, as well as [to carry] out important work in the areas of public and charitable service, and [help] to strengthen national unity and stability”. In essence, William and Kate are State-funded diplomats.
The Royal couple have spent the last 2 and a half years hiding out from society in the small town of Anglesey in Wales, however after the birth of their first child this July the 22nd, the pair has made plans to move into Kensington Palace in London. Originally commissioned by William the III and Queen Mary II in the 17th century, Kensington Palace was built by Sir Christopher Wren and it remains at the pinnacle of British Royal opulence. Prince Williams’s mother, Princess Diana, stayed at Kensington Palace from 1981 to 1997 (Historic Royal Palaces).
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s public website had this to say of Prince William’s future plans:
“The Duke will work closely over the next 12 months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species.”
In keeping with his mother’s example, Prince William is dedicated to a variety of natural and social causes. Having traveled with Princess Diana on numerous occasions as a child, William is well aware of the difference that a well-maintained and well-educated charity organization can really make. This September the 12th, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the Tusk Conservation Awards at the Royal Society in London; the Duke is Patron of the African wildlife charity, Tusk Trust, and attended not only to give support but to hand out the Tusk Conservation Award for Conservation in Africa.
Over the next year, we can expect to see Prince William working more closely with his animal conservation charities as well as his brother Prince Harry to support many of the established Royal charity groups.
Written By: Mandy Gardner