Prince William: As his 30th birthday approaches, FEMAIL looks at a selection of poignant pictures from the young royal's life
08:26 GMT, 19 June 2012
Born at St Mary's Hospital, London on June 21 1982, Prince William is the eldest son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, Princess of Wales and the third eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
As he turns 30, we look back at his life in pictures, from his childhood and relationship with his parents to his military career, marriage to Kate Middleton and most recently the celebration of his grandmother’s Diamond Jubilee.
During a recent interview he revealed that the milestone birthday will prompt him to make a number of life changing decisions. He told ABC's Katie Couric: 'I’m just very keen to have a family and both Catherine and I, you know, are looking forward to having a family in the future.'
Kate meanwhile is thought to be discussing ideas with some of William's closest friends and family in a bid to throw a party he'll never forget.
Royal birth: The prince makes his first public appearance as his parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles leave St Mary's hospital, London, the day after his birth
Doting parents: Charles and Diana entertain the young prince at Kensington Palace as he approaches his first birthday
Addition to the family: A Christmas card from Charles and Diana, with Prince William and his new baby brother Prince Harry
Prince William walks with other children to take part in his school Christmas play – he played a wolf in his first public stage appearance
Pet friendly: Prince William, aged four, keeps charge of a dog as he takes to the polo pitch to watch his father play at Smith's Lawn in Windsor
Official Christmas card 1987: Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry on holiday together in Spain
At the age of six William appears as pageboy at the wedding of Rupert Soames and Camilla Dunne at Hereford Cathedral
School days: William jokes with a friend as he joins a crocodile of pupils escorted to the annual Harvest Festival at St Mathew's, Bayswater
Yuletide cheer: The two princes meet Santa Claus following a visit to the Horse of the Year Show with their mother
Stepping off the plane at Aberdeen
en route to Balmoral William proudly holds his own case at the airport
There was plenty of hard work on the nursery slopes at Lech, Austria with the occasional tumble thrown in
Theme-park fun: Prince William takes a trip to Florida with brother Harry and a school friend. Here he pictured front, far left, on Splash Mountain at Disney World, with his mother Diana sat two rows behind.
Mummy's boys: William and Harry join their mum in a horse-drawn carriage in the resort of Lech in March 1994
William with his father Charles at a VJ Day Parade commemorating the 50th anniversary of VJ day outside Buckingham Palace
William talks with cousins Peter and Zara Phillips following a Church Christmas Service at Sandringham
Brave: The prince and his brother walk behind the hearse with the Duke of Edinburgh, Earl Spencer and Prince Charles on the day of their mother's funeral
William, left, jokes with his father after being presented with a jacket and hat from the Canadian Olympic team at an environmental event in Vancouver
In the saddle: William, aged 17, during the Beaufort Hunt on the first day of the new foxhunting season at Shipton Moyne
John Wonnacott stands with his Prince William sketch completed just before his 18th birthday – the work was commissioned by the National Potrait Gallery
Crowds gather to witness the Prince arriving at St. Andrews University ready to start an art history degree
William sings God Save the Queen before an international rugby match between England and New Zealand at Twickenham
A little worse for wear Brothers William and Harry at the Calcot Manor Hotel polo cup the day after William's 21st birthday at Windsor castle
Riding the waves: William carries a surfboard as he walks with two unidentified friends along the shoreline at St Andrews in Scotland
Blossoming romance: Kate Middleton and William on the day of their graduation ceremony at St Andrews University
Kept in check: William smiles at his grandmother the Queen, as she inspects the troops at Sandhurst during the Sovereign's parade
William at RAF Henlow before a stint with the Royal Air Force learning how to pilot helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft
William and Kate at a Royal Air Force graduation ceremony held at RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire
William arrives with his stepmother Camilla for a Service of Commemoration to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq at St Paul's Cathedral in London
Clarence House said: 'The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton.'
Just married: The world joined in the celebrations as William married Catherine Middleton on 29 April 2011 and they were given the titles Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Wedding bliss: William, 28, kisses his bride the Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
Harry, Kate and William look from the top of the royal barge 'Spirit of Chartwell' during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant on June 3
Proud: Joining the Queen on the balcony as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations
The Ministry of Defence revealed that William is now qualified to fly Sea King helicopters for search and rescue missions in the Royal Air Force after two-years of training