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. Quadg

    The CEO of oracle has just bought a hawian island with 3500 inhabitants...
    they now have to call him king and pay him rent... this is apparently democracy (like the islanders had a say....)
    William at least flies rescue helicopters and helps perfect strangers...
    look how paris hilton users her "inheritance" as another example of american "royallty"...

    June 22, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. sarahphillip

    Although the commit above mine have some validity to the Vanderbelt,Forbes and Trump fortune are correct in the legally term position.I wish William would have married a Vanderbilt to put them back in the royal hiers of society.America does have wealthy exile monarchy hier who never committed a crime .But took the small fortune they had and parled it to a Zillion .Thus keeping in contact with royal hiers in the hopes of a reigning in line to wed thier monarchy hier..They don't marry workingclass but other inline royal hiers to monarchy exile royalty..To keep the royal blood in the family in hopes of returning to homeland or position they were born too...

    June 22, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. freedomringingnow

    Its good to see how the wealthy live and how their lower income survive. This is a perfect role model for the US and Romney will be bringing it forward soon. The wealthy get the breaks and the trickle down of bread crumbs for the rest. This is the new republican vision of busting down the middle class to the lower class.

    June 22, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    Sorry folks: Dianana was "special"! Also obviously an extremely good mother. Her sons are a CLASS ACT! They show that, beyond, the pomp & rolalty, that they are young human beings, and for me, a joy to watch as they can be serious, funny, and enjoying life! They will ALWAYS be in the limelight!

    June 22, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jen

      Royal family, don't need them, never did.... cut off the dead wood.

      June 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rick Springfield

    They should give all that money to the general treasury fund of England. Considering how much England has to pay to keep up the castles, mansions, and palaces. Then all the Bentley's that need costly maintenance. They should not allow the royals to amass such a fortune at the cost of England's treasury.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Why do you comment on things you have no idea about. The UK govt makes money off the royals not the other way around. Anyway better spend money of Royals who are continuing symbol of England's past for more than the last 1000 years than on corrupt politicians.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Eddie O.

      They could save a fortune by trading the Bentleys in for Chrysler 300s...LOL

      June 25, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Piers Morgan, Supervillain

      @ Zack, please do tell, how does the UK make money off the monarchy?

      June 26, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Happy Birthday, Wills.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    In this day and age... it is time to stop playing prince and princess. Throw off those chains and accept democracy of the people. Throw those clowns overboard and begin anew just like America did in 1776. It is long past time that the britts figure this out.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Don't think Brits need American advice.

      June 24, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dan

    Some people have to earn their money.

    June 22, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I think Diana did, being married to that cold-fish Prince Charles!

      June 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Limey

    Will all you Trolls crawl back under your stones aka a "bridge" and leave the Royals alone, it does not concern you what brand GB does. I suggest you look closer to home and sort out your own problems as the US is the most hated nation in the world.

    June 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I agree and am from the US. I would much rather have the royal family instead of all the dead beat politicians we currently pay

      June 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • SongTX

      America might indeed be the most hated nation in the world. HOWEVER, when Iraq invades Kuwait, what country does the world look toward to do something about it? The USA, that's who. Nobody ever says, "What are the Argentinians going to do about the slaughter in Rwanda?" When you are the leader of the free world, people love you and people hate you. Some people do both. America has its problems–no doubt about it. But there is no country that is without difficulties. Who comes to Russia's aid after Chernobyl? Who sends millions of dollars and aid to Haiti after the earthquake? Where is the UN located? Who pays the largest amount of money to keep it afloat? Why do foreigners feel safer traveling to America for UN meetings than they would to Iran?

      I think the Brits love their royals–they represent tradition, loyalty to country, patriotism. Why should we have anything to say about that?

      Happy Birthday Wills. I hope you and Catherine start your family as soon as you wish.

      June 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Blue and white teeth all of them

      Hated for our freedom and jealousy for the output of industry?

      Hated because it's a convenient way for little country politicians to manipulate their populace into blaming others for their lot or to amass warriors to advance the politicians riches?

      I'd accept their hatred, if that is thkeir choice over living in ANY of their communist, theocratic dictatorships or the slew of cou tries in chaos. If there issues and minds are relieved for the slime pits they create by hating what was once an orderly and decent society for more of it's people than any in history, (not perfect, but closer than any)..... So be it.

      Hate if you think it relieves you from your reality. I do know we are most fortunate as even as it declines it's still better here than any place on earth.

      June 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tony t

    Explain why you have had no articles on "Fast & Furious" and the Andrea Mitchell videotape fraud and you push an article like this to the front. Yo me it is pretty obvious!!!

    June 23, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. oldbikerbeatch

    Prince William is a remarkably poised young man – quite well put together, emotionally, despite the turbulence in his life. Although wealthy, he has something money cannot buy and that is strength of character. I look forward to watching this man as he someday becomes a King that Britain can be proud of.

    June 24, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. DavidinNC

    The only problem in the South is that you have to climb over two Yankees to find a southerrn born southerner.

    June 24, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Riley

    Inheritance is a wonderful thing. My dear grandmother left me over $800,000 and I invested it wisely.

    June 24, 2012 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. Welcome to the New Republican of America

    The wealthy party and common class party in England is exactly what the republican party is fighting for currently. If they continue it will be mission accomplished.
    The goal is to bust the middle class thru education, fireman, police, Social Sercuity and Medicaid and give all the priviliedges to the Upper class while telling the others that the crumbs will fall and trickle down.

    So don't know the Crown as we were close to having a Kung under WYA JR. The seperation of the classes were never more increased under his reign and we know get a chance for Romney to extend an olive branch to the upper crust again. This person offshored and brought debt and jobs lost with three places of being 50th in the US. Yep Romney what a guy! US you vote for him and you get what you deserve....... :-0

    Long Live The King!

    June 24, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. K

    Oh hey, a SUPER rich royal prince inherits millions! Now that IS news!

    June 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
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