June 21st, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Prince William turns 30, inherits half of Diana's estate

Prince William has had a busy year.

The Duke of Cambridge celebrated his first anniversary with Catherine Middleton and toasted Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. And on Thursday, he adds another milestone to his list: his 30th birthday.

He's now also legally entitled to half of his mother's inheritance, which was left to him after Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997. His half of the inheritance, according to The Daily Telegraph, would likely be around $15.5 million, with the current currency exchange rate. (What William can buy with that chunk of change)

William has been in the spotlight as the eventual heir to the British throne since early childhood. He's endured his parents' breakup, his mother's death and his own big royal wedding all while the world watched along with him.

The Duke of Cambridge has recently said he and his wife are excited about the prospect of bringing a child into the world.

“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," he told ABC's Katie Couric before the Diamond Jubilee.

To celebrate William's big day, we wanted to take a look back at his life. After all, many people would say that he and Catherine have helped the royal family become popular again by making the monarchy more accessible to the public.

Click through the gallery above to see William's evolution from Diana and Charles' lovable young son to the Duke of Cambridge.

More on Prince William:

How William, Kate and Harry made royals cool 

Prince William: Diana would have loved Catherine 

Royal wedding: From sunrise to sunset

soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Daniel

    Yep, Bitter, jealous, and jaded. That's what most of you are. He didn't asked for his life. The irony of this is, while you harp on the life he was given, you waste yours. Maybe you should get a life? Maybe?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil from Dallas

      Daniel, if you are in the USA, then maybe you should go home. If you are not in the USA, then stay where you are. You obviously don't like Americans, and we had to beat you guys in our Revolutionary War, and again in the War of 1812 because we don't like royalty.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      Born and raised in America. And I love Americans, just not the jaded, bitter and jealous type. Bye.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phil from Dallas

    What the hell does "Wills" mean?

    June 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil from Dallas

      Maybe that's a brit word for Parasite.

      June 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      America didnt fight the British over royalty, America didnt want to pay its taxes. It was cheaper to fight a war then to pay up.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Or maybe it's the Prince's nickname.
      Oh, not maybe, it IS his nickname.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Just for the record. the USA got its ass kicked in the war of 1812 by the Canadians. That included occupying Washington, (taken without firing a shot), having lunch in the White House and then burning it. Your pres...Madison fled, (his wife carried the portrait of Washington) Pick up a book and do some reading.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      WILLS is short for William

      June 22, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. steveb

    so why are the british people paying for these freeloaders?

    boy they are stupid

    June 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      well steveb, I agree it appears to be a waste of money....but, it's thier money to waste....we here in the states have 47% of the population not paying taxes and yet they use the vast majority of the services offered. Waste of money as well......but I understand why....if you give the poor free stuff they vote for the party that gave it to them.....so, that's why all the poor favor the left.....they fell "sorry" for them and hate the big mean rich (white) people who create jobs and dare to be successful....clear as a bell.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • findinggroundfamily

      They don't. The British royal family pay more into the treasury than they draw from the Civil List by voluntarily submitting all revenue from the royal estates (land that the monarchy collectively owns) as designated by King George III.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      While its true that it costs about 30million to support the royal family for the entire year, the money made from their holdings, like tours of Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London, etc, make back more money than they are given. So in the end they cost nothing.

      June 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perry

      It is a Trust from his late Mothers estate. What does this have to do with the British People? He seems like a good guy for being Royalty. Much better adjusted than a Kardasian

      June 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Holy Mackeral

    When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord – Lev.1:9.
    The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

    June 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sean

    American's recieve inheiritances from their families it is no different in Europe. He has joined the military and is doing his part. and really 15 million isnt that much anymore.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MrApplesauce

    Rich or not, I could care less how much money they have or inheritance or whatnot. They could be dirt poor, it doesn't chance the fact human beings are accepting the belief that they (the Royals) are above them, better than them, simply by birth.

    What is all the bowing and curtsying for? The 'your highness' and 'your majesty'? A cute little anachronistic game to be played? Sorry, but when you do that, you are basically grovelling before your masters.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jjdecor

    You'd think with all that money he could get some better teeth, that boy is nice looking until he smiles

    June 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kylie L

      HA HA HA......I swear it is the common theme in England to have "chicklets" for teeth:)

      June 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. muhammad

    beautify colonialism,i guess working for the ones with limited history.

    June 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    no, not by making them more accessible to the public, but by being younger and attractive so people don't have to look at prince charles and his alfred e neuman ears or the wrinkled up, boring old queen.....Catherine is a breath of fresh air and the first attractive one of the lot.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kylie L

      You are right....Catherine is a "breath of fresh air" that was a millionaire's daughter who was groomed by her mother to attend the same university as the prince and eventually marry him....
      You all act like she is a god what I see is she is a..... spoiled , rich ,....ART major......oh and she was also on the crew team......sounds a little like Harvard doesn't it?????

      HMMMMM wonder what she is going to do with her degree???? I am SURE that is why she went to college!!!!!!!!! LOL

      June 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. berie

    Hate the GAME (centuries of british imperialism) not the player (some kid who was born the year Thriller went #1)

    June 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Winterer

    A lot of criticism from the US ...... who need to look a little more closely at their violent, drug riddled, bankrupt, corrupt, crumbling and divided nation, before putting down the United Kingdom and their way of life.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • NatvieBornUSA

      On this issue completely correct to the nay sayers but Britain has some tax spending and immigration issues all its own.

      June 22, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Winterer

    Open a window in your trailor..... your breath stinks

    June 21, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • NatvieBornUSA

      Talking to yourself in the mirror again?

      June 22, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Hey Duke: Can I get a grant?

    June 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Roger Rabbit

    Hey Kevin! We haven't forgotten that incident in 1812. Canada's time is coming sooner than you think. Think 51st state. We will turn them into our pool boys while they pay off their debt to us.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      keep dreaming roger. with the way our respective economies are, maybe we'll take pity on you and let you be our 11th province

      June 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Klight

    Go to redneckville in the South, and you'll see teeth that make the Brit's look magnificent.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pee Wee Morris

      Oh yes, because all Southerns are rednecks and have no teeth. You are so ignorant. I bet you have never left your neighborhood so what do you know about the South, let alone England.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
    • CREBE

      i just married a gal from ky 48 yrs ols had all her teeth

      June 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gouda Blue Perano

      Crebe – "had" ? did you knock them out?

      June 28, 2012 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • SouthernCelt

      You will see the same things in the tenements and trailer parks of New York and the other Yankee states. It has nothing to do with location, and everything to do with poverty. Looks like my Southern education was superior to yours as "education breeds tolerance".

      June 27, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      Weird though that the South has so much more poverty than the North though, innit?

      July 9, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • RonNY

      Pick-up line down there is "Nice tooth!"

      June 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
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