Yesterday, Wednesday, Prince William began carrying out his father's royal duties by hosting a coronation ceremony at Windsor Castle, where he delivered more than 50 tributes on behalf of King Charles III, who announced he was suffering from cancer days earlier.
British newspapers reported that it was the first time the Prince of Wales (age 41) had appeared in a public and official capacity since his wife Catherine's illness was announced, followed by his father Charles's (age 76). Old).
William later attended a dinner in central London as host of the London Air Ambulance, where he spoke publicly about the dual royal health concerns for the first time.
William said: “I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Catherine and my parents for the kind messages of support, especially in recent days. It means a lot to us all.”
He then joked: “It's fair to say the last few weeks have been focused on medicine, so I thought I'd come to the air ambulance job to get away from that.”
During the ceremony, William wore a British Royal Air Force uniform and smiled warmly as he presented medals on behalf of his father. During the ceremony, he hugged Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
The heir to the British throne was diagnosed with his father's cancer while he was busy caring for his wife Catherine at home after he underwent stomach surgery last month.
While little is known about the procedure the Princess of Wales underwent, her long recovery time suggested surgery would be necessary, and William's priorities for caring for three young children were clear: “Family comes first.”
King Charles III – who returned to his home in Sandringham on Tuesday after a brief meeting with Prince Harry – is still handling state affairs while undergoing treatment for an indefinite period.
This will give William some flexibility, as it appears the prince will not need to do any constitutional work, but it will be something his staff carefully co-ordinate with Buckingham Palace.
The Prince of Wales will be invited to lead the family in the annual Commonwealth Day service, a major celebration of the royal calendar, at Westminster Abbey on March 11.
The Prince of Wales… a king in waiting
Prince William Arthur Philip Louis was born on June 21, 1982 at St. Mary's Hospital in London and lives in Kensington Palace, the headquarters of the Royal Family.
He is the eldest son of the late Princess Diana Frances Spencer (popularly known as Princess Diana) and King Charles III, and was succeeded as Duke of Cambridge in 2011 before his marriage to Prince William.
On April 29, 2011, William married Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, daughter of Michael Francis Middleton and Carol Elizabeth Goldsmith, in a ceremony described as “the wedding of the century”.
He has 3 children, the eldest of whom is Prince George Alexander Louis (Prince of Cambridge), born in 2013 and second in line to the throne after his father, and his second child, Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, born in 2015. In addition to Prince Louis Arthur Charles, born in 2018.
William received his primary education at Wetherby School in London and later attended Ludgrove School in Berkshire from 1990 to 1995.
He studied at Eton College, Windsor from 1995 to 2000, then attended the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where he studied art history and geography, graduating in 2005.
He then attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and in 2008 joined the Royal Air Force and then the Navy, with the aim of gaining experience in the three main branches of the armed forces.
In 2010 he completed training as a helicopter pilot and then served in the RAF Search and Rescue Force, serving in Wales.