This year Prince William celebrates his 30th birthday; born on June 21, 1982, William Arthur Philip Louis Windsor is the eldest son of the late Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales.
The Duke of Cambridge has inherited his parents' philanthropic drive and spirit and although currently focusing on his military career he actively supports a wide range of organisations that reflect issues he cares about both in the UK and abroad. Here we take a look at just some of his chosen charities and patronages
The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry was set up in September 2009. The Foundation focuses mainly on three areas: Young People, Sustainable Development and The Welfare of the Country's Armed Servicemen and Women.In September 2005, His Royal Highness became Patron of Centrepoint, the UK's leading homelessness charity. The Duke has worked with Centrepoint on a number of occasions and has slept rough in London to highlight the issue.
In May 2006, The Duke of Cambridge became President of the Football Association, the governing body of English football, taking over from his uncle, The Duke of York. An Aston Villa supporter the Duke is a keen sportsman and enjoys playing and watching football.
In May 2007, The Duke was appointed President of the Royal Marsden Hospital, a position previously held by his mother. The Duke undertook two days work experience at the hospital in December 2005, assisting in a variety of departments including medical research, catering and fund raising, as well as visiting a number of wards.Also in May 2007, The Duke became Patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales and The English Schools' Swimming Association. These patronages reflect The Duke's interest in youth sport.
In February 2009, The Duke of Cambridge became Patron of Skill Force. The charity primarily utilises the skills of former members of the Armed Forces to run life skills courses for disadvantaged young people.