From being every little girl’s prince charming, he has now grown into a man and father, fit to be the king of a country. We’re talking about none other than our dad crush of the week, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
In recent years, especially after since he became a family man, we’ve been seeing a lot more of him on royal duties, especially since the current Queen is getting on in years. The Prince is often joined by his wife Kate and brother, Prince Harry.
Their Royal Highnesses joined group sessions to hear about the important work being done by Heads Together and The Mix. In the group sessions counsellors & volunteers share knowledge & have training in a range of issues. The annual Christmas Party celebrates the work of these young charity volunteers.
Just this Christmas, he was seen spending time with young volunteers who are helping other young people with challenging issues. He spent time with them at the annual Christmas party of Heads Together and The Mix, two charities in the UK.
The Duke and Prince Harry got stuck into bauble decorating whilst chatting to the young volunteers. Seven of The Mix's volunteers were presented with awards in recognition of their achievements supporting other young people facing challenging issues. Their Royal Highnesses presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to a Mr George Yeorghaki in recognition of his work.
His royal duties stretch across a wide range of activities. He often plays the role of a representative of the UK. He travels the world maintaining good ties and relations with other countries and welcomes foreign dignitaries to the UK.
He also represents the royal family at important occasions, such as honouring the fallen soldiers on the Day of Remembrance Sunday.
Not all royal duties are as serious though and there are privileges that he thoroughly enjoys, such as touring Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire where he and his brother, Prince Harry, visited the set of the new Star Wars film, interacted with BB8 and duelled with lightsabers. Rumour has it that they were there to film a cameo as stormtroopers — how cool is that?
Prince William is not just about fun and games; he’s passionate about many important world issues and puts his influence to good use by throwing his support behind the causes he feels for. For instance, having worked as an ambulance pilot, he knows that there are many mental stresses for particular occupations and he advocated for employers to be more open about mental health issues at work with business leaders at a workplace mental wellbeing seminar.
The Duke of Cambridge met business leaders today to talk about ways to support employees at work when they facing tough times. He said that work can be a place of fun, but equally can be source of stress, but his experience as an air ambulance pilot has shown him that employers can make it OK to admit feeling down. The workplace mental wellbeing seminar was hosted with Heads Together to change the way we talk about mental health.
Conservation is also high up on this list of causes that he campaigns for.
"Poachers and traffickers are bringing brutal violence into desperately poor parts of the world" The Duke of Cambridge signs a letter demonstrating his support for the @unitedforwildlife Buckingham Palace declaration, which commits 40 leaders of the global transportation industry to major steps to fight criminal wildlife trafficking – and eradicate tragedies like those suffered by this White Rhino.
Just last year, he recorded a speech for Chinese television in a bid to help the fight against illegal wildlife trade, urging the public to conserve and protect endangered species.
This afternoon The Duke of Cambridge will record a speech for Chinese television on the urgent global effort to protect endangered species. This will be by far the biggest audience The Duke has had the chance to address on the fight against the illegal wildlife trade. In the speech His Royal Highness will encourage China to become world leaders in conservation and the protection of iconic species. The speech will be filmed at Maughan Library at King's College London -follow @kensingtonroyal on twitter for live updates from 4pm UK time. Photo © Press Association
Sir David Attenborough was also presented with a special contribution for services to wildlife award by The Duke. "As ever, tonight I have been humbled by the sheer dedication and commitment that all of our 2016 nominees have shown, in preserving – against the odds – our precious natural world. To you all, I offer my heartfelt thanks and warmest congratulations. "Our natural heritage does not belong to us. I believe we simply hold it, in trust, for our children & grandchildren," HRH, said in a speech. #TuskAwards ? PA
Let's #EndWildlifeCrime! We can win this battle. Highlights from The Duke of Cambridge speech as he calls for action to better protect endangered animals by shunning the use of rhino horn and other Illegal Wildlife Trade products #IWTconf2016 Watch The Duke's speech in full…click the link in our bio.
The Duke joins children from Hong Ha Primary for a quick kickabout in the playground ⚽ Hong Ha is a neighbourhood school in Hanoi #Vietnam which many of the children of local shop owners attend. Hong Ha is one of many schools involved in a nationwide education and awareness raising scheme to reduce the demand for rhino horn. The Duke joined a class of eight years olds in the library who were being read the storybook ‘I’m a Little Rhino’ and he took the opportunity to ask them what they thought about protecting wildlife. #EndWildlifeCrime #IWTconf2016
Despite all the demands on the young royals shoulders, he remains very close to the family and by all accounts, can be considered a family man.
Happy Father's Day! We are sharing this photo of Princes William and Harry with their Father The Prince of Wales in support of The Royal Marsden's #fatherandsonday campaign. They are asking people to post photos of their father and son moment to help raise awareness of male cancer. The campaign also supports robotic surgery techniques at The Royal Marsden – which The Duke, as Patron of the Hospital, saw for himself in 2013. To find out more about the campaign, visit: http://bit.ly/1FKKcnh
He broke the hearts of many girls when he married Catherine (Kate) Middleton in a breathtakingly beautiful wedding in 2011.
And the public has embraced the couple, especially since they have shown that they are not afraid to have fun, making them even more relatable and seemingly down to earth.
Together, they have two adorable children, George, three, and Charlotte, 19 months, and from the way he cares for his young children, we’re seeing a new, caring side to the future King of the British Empire.
From the looks of it, Prince William is a wonderfully hands-on dad who isn’t afraid to get elbow deep in childcare, and with that amount of love of his little ones, we’re sure he’s going to do a great job of caring for his subjects when he becomes King.
A new family photo – Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The Duke and Duchess are hugely appreciative of all the warm messages they have received about their family this year and are very much looking forward to their first Christmas as a family of four.
For last week’s dad crush, click here.