They grow up so fast. The three Cambridge children are growing in front of our eyes at light speed, so it’s only a matter of time until we see them taking on royal duties. At the moment Prince George, the oldest is 7, his sister Princess Charlotte is five, while Prince Louis, the youngest, is two.
The two eldest, George and Charlotte, go to St Thomas’s Battersea, with Prince Louis most likely joining them when he grows up. Both at school and at home the trio is given as normal life as they can, with mom Kate and dad William wanting to ease them into the big roles that they will have in the future.
Recently the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge revealed that they have had the talk with Prince George, explaining to him what the future holds for him in a way he will understand. Understandable, as young George is bound to one day become King. The others are said to have some idea of who they are, but they do not stress themselves about it.
All three have been making public appearances and attending events since they were toddlers, and so far they have managed to capture both the hearts of the media and the fans.
Keeping their children’s lives private has been one of the things that Prince William and Kate especially tried to do, however in this social media age and them growing up it might get harder.
Back when Prince William and Prince Harry were students they also expected privacy wherever they attended school, often in exchange for photo calls.
Prince William attended Eton College, taking a gap year before university. He did all he can to have normal experiences, not shying away from the household duties when he stayed in Chile, volunteering to teach children for 10 weeks.
No doubt William and Kate want that kind of freedom to explore the world for their children as they grow up, the same as their father had.
After a relatively quiet university life, Prince William enrolled in Sandhurst military academy in 2006, and became Lieutenant Wales.
For Prince William, the first official royal duty he had was being appointed Counselor of State at 21. This meant that he could carry out duties on the monarch’s behalf. Perhaps Prince George will have the same role in the future.
In 2003, to mark his 21st birthday, Prince William was joined by his father on an official visit to Wales. Maybe the same will happen with Prince George, who will turn 21 in 20134, and by the time that happens, he might be second in line to the throne.
In the following year’s Prince William did go on to represent his grandmother at several events around the world, but he also carried on with military training.
The Royal Family and the military have a long history, so it natural for members of the royal family to enlist in either the Army, Navy or Air Force.
After that, Prince William trained as a pilot and worked in the RAF for several years as their search and rescue pilot, with him being transferred to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2015. For that time being, he had a salary which fully went to charity.
After two years with the EAAA, William left his pilot role and became a full-time royal, being 36 at the time. His transition to a full-time royal was a slow and careful one, giving him enough time to familiarize himself and prepare for the role. The trio should follow in their father’s footsteps when they also go down that path, as it seems the best way.