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As second in line to the throne, Prince William will one day be King of England.
The eldest son of heir Prince Charles, William grew up knowing he had a great responsibility to the royal family.
But this has meant he could not always follow his own dreams and aspirations.
A royal expert has explained that William had wanted to continue his service in the Armed Forces, but the Queen was against the idea.
Speaking on Channel 5 documentary, 'William and Kate: Too Good to be True', Simon Vigar explained: "William was desperate to stay in the military and of course he trained to be a helicopter pilot.
"But in the end, he wasn't allowed anywhere near the frontline.
"The ultimate boss said no because he is second-in-line to the throne."
While his royal commitments meant he never saw combat, Prince William did put his skills to good use.
He became an RAF search and rescue pilot on Anglesey, off the coast of Wales.
Simon Vigar said: "He helped save many, many lives flying that yellow helicopter around the British Isles.
"So that gave him a meaningful role. And that meant an awful lot to him."
Prince William left the RAF in 2013, and accepted a job as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
He left the position in 2017 to become a full time working royal.
Since then the Duke of Cambridge has taken on many royal duties on behalf of his grandmother, the Queen.
Along with his wife, Kate Middleton, William frequently travels abroad as a representative of the UK, and he undertakes tours of commonwealth realms.
When his father, Prince Charles, becomes King, William will assume the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay.
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