Prince William’s medals and what they stand for as he turns 40 with Kate and kids

Prince William and other royal members took to the balcony in full military garb for Trooping the Color at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – but what medals does William have and how did he earn them?

Prince Willaim's military colors were seen at the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Prince Willaim’s military honors were displayed at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Prince William has been the center of attention in Britain for the past few weeks as his grandmother, the Queen, celebrated her platinum anniversary – and today is his birthday.

The Duke of Cambridge is becoming one of the longest serving members of the family these days as he prepares to become heir to the throne.

As his grandmother ages – she is now 96 – attention has increasingly turned to William, who turns 40 today.

Many of the celebrations have seen the men of the family dressed in military frills, their elegant uniforms reminiscent of the days of the British Empire.

One thing that was hard to miss is the many shiny pieces of metal hanging from some of the members’ chests.

But what medals does birthday boy Prince William have to his name?

What medals does Prince William have?

Prince William wore his full military regalia for the Queen’s Trooping the Color Platinum Jubilee parade


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Prince William served in the RAF’s search and rescue service as a helicopter pilot.

He qualified as a pilot in 2012, meaning he was able to do more than just co-pilot the massive Sea Kings he worked on.

At Trooping the Color, Prince William wore the uniform of the Colonel, Irish Guards, Guard of Honor Order. The uniform was adorned with the Golden Jubilee Medal and the Diamond Jubilee Medal, both awarded to him by the Queen.

They are distributed to members of the royal family when there is an anniversary. William’s father Charles also has a Silver Jubilee Medal and a Coronation Medal.

At Trooping the Color William also wore his RAF Wings, the Most Noble Order of the Garter and the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle.

The Most Noble Order of the Garter is an honor of chivalry awarded by Edward III in 1348. Founded.

In 2008 he was made a Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

William previously worked at the East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2017


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William was the 1000th Knight of the Garter to be appointed.

After leaving university in Scotland, William joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst as a cadet and eventually became an army officer in 2006 after 44 weeks of training.

From here he joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals) as a second lieutenant and was promoted to lieutenant within a year.

He began training as a Search and Rescue pilot in 2009 and eventually joined C Flight in 2010 as part of 22 Squadron at RAF Valley in Anglesey where he became an Operational Commander and completed 156 Search and Rescue missions.

William’s brother Harry also has the same jubilee medals, as well as the notable additional Operation Service Medal for Afghanistan Ribbon, which he earned for active service during the war.

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