A month afterwards on 7 October 1840, his great-grandfather, the reigning King William I of the Netherlands, abdicated the throne due to the disappointment over the recent Treaty of London, which recognized the independence of Belgium (previously provinces of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands), and the intention of marrying a Roman Catholic and Belgian noblewoman, Henrietta … Prince William Echoes Great-Grandfather’s Words as He Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. He was baptised by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 4 August, the 82nd birthday of his paternal great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. [129] The tour began in New Zealand, visiting Wellington, Blenheim, Auckland, Dunedin, Queenstown and Christchurch. In honor of his 99th birthday on June 10, here are photos that show Prince Philip is just a regular grandpa. [189] He made a surprise appearance in The Big Night In, a 20 April 2020 telethon held during the COVID-19 pandemic, in a skit which he held a video call with Stephen Fry, who revised his role as (a descendant of) Lord Melchett, from the Blackadder series. 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[20][21][22] At Eton, he took up water polo and continued to play football, captaining his house team. [115] Upon leaving New Zealand, he travelled to Australia to visit areas affected by flooding in Queensland and Victoria. [73] Middleton and her family attended the Concert for Diana in July 2007 at Wembley Stadium,[69] where she and Prince William sat two rows apart. [190][191] Later that month, the Duke and Duchess announced Our Frontline, an initiative providing mental health support to emergency medical workers. Subscriber George was Alexandra's brother; he and Olga were the grandparents of William's grandfather, Prince Philip. [227] The press criticised William's behaviour because he had failed to attend the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, which was attended by other senior members of the royal family. Patrilineally, he descends from the House of Oldenburg, one of Europe's oldest royal houses; and more specifically the cadet branch known as the House of Glücksburg. In 1991, Prince Philip went with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, to visit their grandson Peter at Port Regis School. Here is the pedigree of England's Heir Apparent presented as an ahnenreihe. As the eldest son of the heir-apparent, William is expected to inherit the Duchy of Cornwall, which would bring him an additional income. Prince Philip playfully patted his granddaughter on the head while attending the Christmas Service at Sandringham Church in 1998. [214], The death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris while being chased by paparazzi in 1997,[215] influenced the Duke's attitude towards the media. 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He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of Wales. It was the first visit to mainland China by a member of the British royal family in almost three decades. [75] In June 2010, the couple moved into a cottage on the Bodorgan Estate in Anglesey, Wales, where William resided during his RAF search-and-rescue training and subsequent career. [216], In September 2012, the French edition of Closer and Italian gossip magazine Chi published photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge sun-bathing topless while on holiday at the Château d'Autet[216] (a private château on a 260-ha estate 71 km[217] north of Aix-en-Provence). [76][77][78], On 16 November 2010, Clarence House announced that Prince William and Catherine Middleton were to marry; the couple had become engaged in Kenya in October. Later that year, William and Harry organised the Concert for Diana, in memory of their mother, which benefitted the charities and patronages of Diana, William, and Harry. 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