William is expected to celebrate his birthday privately (Picture: PA/Getty/AP/Reuters)
A touching series of photos have been released to celebrate Prince William’s 40th birthday today.
For his big milestone, the Duke of Cambridge is pictured through the years – from a newborn in Princess Diana’s arms to his role as a dad of three, husband and future king.
The images shared by Kensington Palace perhaps give a hint to what his reign would look like and the issues he truly cares about.
Taken shortly after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, William is seen selling The Big Issue on the streets of London – a far cry from the traditional royal photoshoot.
He gets busy interacting with the public to raise the issue of homelessness, something his late mum was determined to shine a light on.
Wearing jeans and a shirt, he was accompanied by veteran seller Dave Martin who showed him the ropes.
The Duke of Cambridge with Big Issue vendor Dave Martin (Picture: PA)
Mr Martin showed him the ropes (Picture: PA)
The pair were spotted near Victoria station in central London (Picture: PA)
It didn’t take long before passers-by recognised the royal (Picture: PA)
‘So, for my part, I commit to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come,’ the duke wrote in the magazine.
‘And in the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me.’
As the second in line to the throne, William is always under the spotlight while he awaits his eventual accession.
This is what the 40 archive pictures show – his lifelong preparation for a central role in the Royal Family.
Baby William At Kensington Palace (Picture: Getty)
Princess Diana And Prince Charles with William and his koala bear toy (Picture: Getty)
Princess Diana with William and Harry trying to play the piano (Picture: Getty)
The Prince and Princess of Wales amuse baby Prince William on a rug in the grounds of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand (Picture: PA)
Six-month old William held by his mom (Picture: AP)
Young William walks in the gardens of Kensington Palace in December 1983 (Picture: Getty)
Diana and William at Aberdeen airport in 1983 (Picture: Getty)
Prince William during a photo call for his second birthday in the gardens of Kensington Palace in 1984 (Picture: Getty)
William and Harry at Sandringham Estate (Picture: Getty)
The Prince and Princess of Wales with William and Harry preparing for a cycling trip in Tresco during their holiday in the Scilly Isles (Picture: PA)
William and Harry ride in a horse-drawn sleigh as they leave their hotel in Lech, Austria (Picture: PA)
Diana rides a chair lift up the Kriegerhorn, in Austria, with her sons (Picture: PA)
William shakes hands with admirers during a stop at St James Cathedral in Toronto (Picture: AP)
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