40 photos of William to celebrate his 40th birthday

Forty photos chronicling the life of the Duke of Cambridge have been compiled to celebrate his 40th birthday.

William, who takes the milestone on Tuesday, is pictured going through the years, from his early days as a newborn in his mother’s arms and as a toddler trying to walk, to his role as a family man and future king.

The Prince and Princess of Wales entertain baby Prince William in the grounds of Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1983 (PA)

William with his family on the balcony of the Palace during the Platinum Jubilee
William with his family on the palace balcony during the Platinum Jubilee (Chris Jackson/PA)

The images, taken from the PA News Agency’s Photographic Archive, show the second in line to the throne on a family holiday with the Prince and Princess of Wales and playing bicycle polo with Prince Harry.

He is pictured studying at university, in his military uniform at Sandhurst and as an air ambulance helicopter pilot.

The Welsh prepare for a cycle trip to Tresco during their holiday in the Isles of Scilly in 1989
Welsh people prepare for a cycle ride at Tresco during their holiday in the Isles of Scilly in 1989 (PA)

William after St Andrew's graduation ceremony in 2005
William after his graduation ceremony at St Andrews in 2005 (David Cheskin/PA)

Among the images is of William on his first official royal tour when he joined his parents on a six-week trip to Australia and New Zealand when he was just nine months old in 1983.

In 2006, he was captured smirking as his grandmother the Queen made a remark while inspecting him and his fellow cadets during a passing out parade in Sandhurst.

The Queen inspects graduates, including Prince William, during the Sovereign's Parade at Sandhurst in 2006
The Queen inspects graduates, including Prince William, during the Sovereign’s Parade at Sandhurst in 2006 (Lewis Whyld/PA)

The Duke of Cambridge begins work with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA
The Duke of Cambridge began working with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) in 2015 (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Joyful moments show William announcing his engagement to his former college roommate Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge.

The newlyweds took to the palace balcony on their wedding day in 2011 and introduced their first-born, Prince George, to the world outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London in 2013.

Prince William and Kate Middleton at their engagement photocall in 2010 (John Stillwell/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London with their newborn son Prince George in 2013
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London with their newborn son Prince George in 2013 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

But William also experienced great sadness, with the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in a car accident in 1997.

The Duke and his younger brother, the Duke of Sussex, who have a long-reported split, got together briefly last year to unveil the statue they commissioned in his honor.

Diana's funeral in 1997
William with his uncle, brother and father at Diana’s funeral in 1997 (Sean Dempsey/PA)

The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex unveil a statue they commissioned from their mother in 2021
The Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex unveil a statue they commissioned from their mother in 2021 (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Other photos over the years show William in a camouflaged military helmet tackling an obstacle course during a Sport Relief one-mile race in 2006, trying out a motorcycle at the Isle of Man TT in 2018 and on tour with Kate in Pakistan in 2019.

Prince William during a Sport Relief mile run in 2006
Prince William during a Sport Relief mile run in 2006 (Chris Young/PA)

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The Duke at the Isle of Man TT (Peter Byrne/PA)

Prince William Arthur Philip Louis of Wales was born second in line to the throne at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington at 9.03pm on June 21, 1982.

He weighed 7lb 1oz and was the eldest son of the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Prince Harry and Prince William take a break while playing in the cycling portion of the Jockeys v Eventers Charity polo match
Prince Harry and Prince William take a break from playing in the cycling portion of the Jockeys v Eventers charity polo match in 2002 (Barry Batchelor/PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to a settlement of the Kalash people in Chitral, Pakistan (Samir Hussein/PA)

William was made Duke of Cambridge by the Queen on the morning of his wedding.

He is expected to become King William V when he eventually takes the throne as a monarch.

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