In September 2008 it was announced that Prince William wanted to become a full time RAF search and rescue pilot (pictured, William at the controls of RAF Sea King)
Prince William first attended Mrs Maynor’s School before joining Wetherby School, in London, at the age of four in January 1987.
He remained there until July 1990 when he left for Ludgrove School, in Berkshire.
In 1995 he moved on to Eton College, where he took A-levels in geography, biology and history of art.
After completing his studies at Eton he went on a gap year, during which time he visited Chile, Belize and Africa.
Upon his return in 2001, he enrolled at the University of St Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, graduating with a 2:1 in geography in 2005.
His military career began when he followed his brother Prince Harry into Sandhurst more than seven years ago.
He graduated from the college in December 2006 and was commissioned as an officer into the British Army.
He went on to join Harry’s regiment, the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2007.
Princes William and Harry at their military helicopter training course base at RAF Shawbury
In September 2008 it was announced that William wanted to become a full time RAF search and rescue pilot.
He began training in January 2009, later completing advanced helicopter flying training at the Defence Helicopter Flying School based at RAF Shawbury near Shrewsbury in Shropshire and undergoing the search and rescue conversion course at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales.
He became a full-time operational search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley and served with C Flight, 22 Squadron, on Anglesey since September 2010.
In 2013, William left the Armed Forces to begin his training as a future king.