Prince William is celebrating his 29th birthday today but there won’t be any wild partying. This is a regular working week for the newlywed royal and he will even be on duty in his job as a Royal Air Force helicopter pilot today. The birthday celebrations will therefore be quite different to the pomp and ceremony surrounding his wedding to Catherine Middleton just a few months ago.
Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, will be on duty at a RAF search and rescue base in Anglesey, North Wales, on standby for possible emergency call-outs. William and Catherine are living close to the RAF base during his posting and they are said to like the quiet, peaceful area which allows them to lead a relatively normal life.
“Today is part of a normal working week for him at RAF Valley in Anglesey,” a spokesman for Clarence House told AFP, confirming that there are no plans for any formal birthday celebrations for Prince William’s birthday, at least until the weekend.
“He’s quite busy with the trip to Canada and California coming up,” the spokesman pointed out.
On June 30 William and Kate, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will begin their first overseas tour together.
Prince William returned to work on the Tuesday following his wedding, working for a week before he and Catherine had a luxury honeymoon in the Seychelles. The delayed travel was an apparent attempt to avoid media attention.
Prince William joined his RAF search and rescue squadron in September 2010 and since then has been on around 12 rescue missions, including a suspected heart attack victim and a man who fell down a steep cliff trying to rescue his dog, who was also successfully rescued.