What Prince William Is Supposed to Be Doing Every Day Will Make You Question Everything

Prince William isn’t your average joe. In addition to being a husband and father, he’s also second in line for the British throne, and spends a great deal of time carrying out duties for Queen Elizabeth. But you may be surprised when you learn what the Duke of Cambridge — and future king — actually does on an every day basis. (Page 5 may surprise you.)

Before his working days

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William had a long stint in the Royal Air Force. | BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Before he had a “day job” Prince William spent his days like his father and grandfather did before him — in the military. He joined the Royal Air Force in 2006 and actively served up until 2013, when he both took on more royal duties and had his first child with his wife, Duchess Catherine. (More on that a bit later.)

Next: What all did he do while he served?

His previous occupation

Prince William and Duchess Kate Middleton are standing next to each other holding beers and smiling.

Prince William served as a pilot. | Richard Pohle/AFP/Getty Images

Prince William was an air ambulance pilot for the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force before stepping away from the military. Though he received some mild criticism for his work ethic, he was reportedly part of a crew with East Anglia Air Ambulance that contributed to saving many lives off the coast of Wales.

Next: How things have changed.


William is one of the most public members of the royal family. | WPA Pool /Getty Images

What’s Prince William’s day job now? Carrying out duties for his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth. This includes going to events and representing the monarchy when she can’t be there. In fact, all of the royals have stepped in recent years to take on more duties for the queen — especially after her husband, Prince Philip, stepped away from making public appearances.

Next: What exactly are his ‘royal duties’?

What a day’s work looks like

Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge look out from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Trooping the Colour parade on June 17, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

His day is packed with official events. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Taking on more royal duties means attending more public events — even as William and Kate try to grow their family in a more private setting. A day of work may include being present at multiple public events and talking to many different organizations as a representative of the crown. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also have to occasionally travel to other countries for diplomatic purposes, often bringing their kids with them.

Next: And speaking of his kids…

How William starts his day

Prince George of Cambridge arrives for his first day of school with his father Prince William, Duke of Cambridge at Thomas's Battersea on September 7, 2017 in London, England.

The young royal is dropped off at school by his father. | Richard Pohle – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Even with the pressures of being the heir to the throne on his plate, Prince William starts his day with an everyday task: Taking Prince George to school. A royal source told People when Prince George started school at Thomas’s Battersea that the duke and duchess planned to take him to and from school “as often as they possibly can.” Not bad for busy, high-profile parents!

Next: But that’s not all…

Charity work

The royal couple are active in charity work. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also have an abundance of charitable endeavors that they are involved in. Through their charity hub, The Royal Foundation — which Prince Harry is also part of — the couple gives to a wide range of organizations. Prince William’s big focuses are on mental health, wildlife conservation, and — like his late mother Princess Diana — HIV/AIDS awareness.

Next: Wait, there’s more?

Will he take on more work?

Britain's Prince William and his fianc?e Kate Middleton pose for photographers

His role could change very soon. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

It’s unclear at this time if Prince William will take on even more royal responsibilities. But it’s certainly a fair question. There has been speculation for almost a year now that Queen Elizabeth plans to abdicate the throne, which would make William’s father, Prince Charles, the king. There are also rumors as to whether Charles will step aside so his son can rule, although that appears to be mostly hearsay. Whatever the outcome is, there could be even more duties in William’s future.

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