Duchess of Cambridge drags fun-loving Prince William out to sea on rubber ring for his 30th birthday
12:00 GMT, 25 June 2012
With the 10m fortune he's inherited on his 30th birthday, Prince William could have chosen to celebrate by enjoying watersports at an exotic location.
Instead, the Duke of Cambridge enjoyed a ride in a rubber ring pulled by a boat across the freezing Irish Sea, according to The Sun.
The newspaper said the Prince was 'soaked to the skin' as he gamely carried on with the treat, organised by his wife Kate, despite the wet weather in Anglesey over the weekend.
Modest present: The Duchess of Cambridge is reported to have treated Prince William to a ride on a rubber ring pulled by a high speed boat for his 30th
The Duchess of Cambridge booked the watersport activity for her husband expecting his birthday weekend to be blessed with sunny June weather.
But frequent downpours in North Wales meant the Prince had to put up with showers and strong winds as he was pulled over the waves at high speed.
But according to the report, the fun-loving Prince didn't mind the weather at all and laughed as he bounced on the waves behind the boat.
Watersport: Prince William is said to have enjoyed a ride on rubber rings pulled by a high-speed boat, like in this picture (posed by models)
The activity also provided entertainment for his guests, including his brother Prince Harry, who watched from the shore as William was at times flung from the ring and into the sea.
A source told The Sun: 'For most 30-year-olds who have just inherited 10 million, the last thing they would want to do is freeze themselves on a wet weekend in Wales. But this is typical of William.'
After the rubber ring ride, the Prince and his small party of close friends retired to his and Kate's home in Anglesey, where he is currently based as an RAF search-and-rescue pilot, for food and drinks.
Gift from grandmother: Prince William can be seen wearing the Order of the Thistle, an honour the Queen gave him on his 30th birthday, as he joins her on the Buckingham Palace balcony for the trooping of the colour
The low-key weekend celebrations followed William's official birthday last Thursday, which he celebrated privately with his family.
While Kate's gift of a doughnut ride was fun and modest, the Queen is said to have given him a present more befitting of his role as second in line to the throne.
She is said to have given William and Kate one of the cottages on her beloved Sandringham estate. The 20,000-acre Sandringham estate near King’s Lynn in Norfolk has been owned by the Queen since her accession in 1952 and by the Royal Family since 1862.
The Queen also rewarded her grandson on his birthday by giving him the Order of the Thistle, the highest honour in Scotland. He was seen wearing the insignia last week as he took part in the trooping the colour.