Happy Birthday, Prince William! A Look Back Through the Years

Let's remember how the prince went from the royal family to starting one of his own

For many of us, princes and princesses only exist in fairytales. But for the grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II, it's a reality. Yes its true. Prince William, the son of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, truly knows the definition of the royal treatment. But like his mother, he's used his position to serve the community and not just be a public figure.

Most recently, he's made headlines after marrying his college sweetheart Kate Middleton with a royal wedding that garnered over 300 million viewers. The couple announced they were expecting their first child earlier this year. As the prince turns 31, see his transition from Prince of Wales to Duke of Cambridge.

Age 7 months

Prince William

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Prince William of Wales was born June 21, 1982 to Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales.

Age 3

Prince William and Prince Harry

Prince William takes his job as big brother seriously! Here he is busy teaching his little brother Prince Harry how to walk.

Age 4

Prince William

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Prince William salutes the public in a parachute regiment uniform.

Age 5

Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana

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True royalty! A 5-year-old Prince William attends Trooping the Colour in a carriage for his Grandmother Queen Elizabeth's birthday.

Age 6

Prince William

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Maybe if Prince William wasn't a prince, he would've been a fireman? The youngster adjusts his fireman's helmet as he plays on an old fire engine.

Age 7

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Too cool for school! Prince William heads out for his first day of school and he doesn't look too happy about it.

Age 10

Prince William

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Ice ice baby! Prince William enjoys a nice skiing holiday in Switzerland.

Age 12

Prince William and Princess Diana

Prince William attends a Christmas Day service with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.

Age 14

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Smiley faces! Prince William was all smiles for his Great Grandmother's birthday outside Clarence House in London.

Age 15

Prince William

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Picture perfect! Prince William relaxes on the banks of River Dee in Balmoral, Scotland.

Age 19

Prince William

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Prince William has definitely grown into a handsome gentlemen. The young prince enjoys a quiet moment at the palace of Holyrood House in Scotland before starting college.

Age 21

Prince William

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Calm and relaxed! Prince William takes a break from studying to enjoy the beach near his university.

Age 23

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Salute the people! Prince William attends his brother Harry's Passing Out Ceremony at the Royal Military Academy.

Age 24

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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The start of something new! New couple Prince William and Kate Middleton attend Day 1 of The Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival together.

Age 26

Prince William

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Prince William speaks at a charity event in central London to help develop community programs in Africa.

Age 27

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Newly engaged Prince William attends the naming ceremony and service of dedication of the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat.

Age 28

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Happily Ever After! Prince William and Catherine Middleton tied the knot on April 29, 2011 in London, England. Hours before the wedding, Prince William was named Duke of Cambridge by Queen Elizabeth II.

Age 29

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the UK premiere of War Horse.

Age 30

Prince William and Kate Middleton

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Parents-to-be! On January 14, 2013 St. James' Palace announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first child. The baby is due in July.

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