William joins Harry's regiment as he prepares to be King
21st September 2006

Future King William V: Prince William will join the Household Cavalry

Prince William is following his brother, Prince Harry, into the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, Clarence House announced today.

The 24-year-old, who will one day be head of the Armed Forces, will train to be a troop leader in an armoured reconnaissance unit, just like Harry.

He will begin a six-month training course, which his younger sibling is due to finish soon, at Bovington Camp in Dorset after passing out from Sandhurst in December.

Clarence House also outlined plans for crafting second-in-line to the throne William into a future King.

After about a year in the Army, the Prince will spend time with both the RAF and the Royal Navy on "familiarisation attachments".

He will, at this point, carry out public engagements in parallel to his military career and they will become more frequent as he approaches the end of his service.

After his first year in the military, William will also start to get to grips with constitutional affairs in preparation for when he one day accedes the throne.

A Clarence House spokesman said: "The Prince will also aim to address the wider issues of preparing himself for his future roles - learning more about constitutional matters, charitable work and the organisation and estate management.

"Finally, Prince William will be further developing his ideas for his medium-term role following Army service, both in supporting the Queen and the Prince of Wales and in furthering his own charitable interests."


Prince William shows his mother's touch
20th September 2006

Born again: Prince William back at the hospital where it all began

Prince William demonstrated he had inherited his mother's tender touch yesterday as he cradled a permature baby on a visit to a hospital.

At first William, 24, had been reluctant to hold three-week- old Sina Nuru, protesting that she was barely bigger than his hand.

But after being persuaded by staff at the special care baby unit in St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, West London, to give it a go, he proved to be a natural.

'She's so sweet, very nice and calm,' he said of the 5lb twin, before noticing her vest which had the words 'Little Princess' printed on it. 'Who got the t- shirt for her?' he asked with a grin.

The visit, a rare royal outing for William, was something of a personal

one. Both he and Prince Harry were born at the hospital while his greatgrandmother, the Queen Mother, was patron of it for more than 70 years.

His mother Princess Diana also visited several times - the last occasion four months before she died.

Yesterday William met nursery nurse Ann Mason who recalled seeing the princess holding one of theunit's premature babies as well.

'I haven't got the same touch with the babies as she used to have,' said William. 'They usually start crying when I pick them up.'

Fortunately, however, Sina and her twin brother Sem did nothing more than gurgle slightly and William

even confidently re-arranged their feeding tubes.

'He was very at ease with the babies,' Mrs Mason said. 'He's got the same touch as her, the same manner.'

During a visit to the Winnicott Unit, which was being reopened after refurbishment, William met some of the most critically ill newborns in the country - including a boy born weighing 1lb 7oz.

Afterwards, he went on a brief walkabout. A well-wisher asked if the visit had made him broody. 'Broody? I don't know about that - not yet,' he laughed.