Polfoto 20-06-2003 EMBARGOED: Not for publication until 0001 Saturday June 21, 2003. Prince William photographed in St James's Palace 3/6/2003, in a portrait released for his 21st birthday, which is on Saturday June 21, 2003. PA Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth.
1,2.Polfoto 20-06-2003 Prince William plays polo in a framegrab from an ITN pooled video released 20 June, 2003, to mark Prince William's 21st birthday 22 June. The video shows the Prince playing polo with his brother, Prince Harry, and their father, the Prince of Wales, at Cowarth Park Polo Club 16 June 2003. AFP PHOTO/ITN POOL
3.Polfoto 20-06-2003 Prince William ® talks to his father, the Prince of Wales, and brother, Prince Harry, (L) in an ITN pooled video released 20 June, 2003, to mark Prince William's 21st birthday 22 June. The video shows the Prince playing polo with his brother, Prince Harry, and their father, the Prince of Wales, at Cowarth Park Polo Club 16 June 2003. AFP PHOTO/ITN POOL
4.Polfoto 20-06-2003 Prince William feeds an apple to polo ponies in a framegrab from an ITN pooled video released 20 June, 2003, to mark Prince William's 21st birthday 22 June. The video shows the Prince playing polo with his brother, Prince Harry, and their father, the Prince of Wales, at Cowarth Park Polo Club 16 June 2003. AFP PHOTO/ITN POOL
5.Polfoto 20-06-2003 Prince Harry (L) pulls on his socks as he and his older brother Prince Wiliam prepare to play polo, in this ITN pooled video released 20 June, 2003, to mark Prince William's 21st birthday 22 June. The video shows the Prince playing polo with his brother, Prince Harry, and their father, the Prince of Wales, at Cowarth Park Polo Club 16 June 2003. AFP PHOTO/ITN POOL
William tells his father he needs stabilisers for his horse
Prince William is seen horsing around with his father and brother on the polo field in footage released to coincide with his 21st birthday on Saturday.
Prince Charles becomes the butt of the young princes' jokes in the film.
All three are shown playing polo together, and after the match, William tells Charles: "I'm well surprised you scored a goal, actually."
His father, 54, replies: "I can do it even at my advanced stage of decrepitude."
William asks: "Were you all right keeping up? It was a quick game."
The film then shows him joking about the possibility of putting stabilisers on his father's horse.
Harry winds Prince William up about forgetting his boots
William's brother Harry, 18, joins in the fun, winding up William after he forgot to bring his boots to the match.
"You're an idiot," Harry tells his brother.
William agrees: "That's just about the stupidest thing I could have done."
Later, when William jokes he should be congratulated for his play, Harry says: "Shut up, I nearly fell off my horse trying to get you to hit the ball and you missed it, spoon."
After a long pause, Prince Charles asks: "Spoon, did you say?"
Harry says: "Spoon, it's not a swear word."
"It isn't, I'm sure. I do hope it isn't," his father responds.
Earlier, before the match, in which the Highgrove team beat their opponents 9-4, the boys were seen laughing affectionately at their father.
Prince William will be honoured with a gold £1,000 coin
Harry said to his brother: "Pa's on good form today, isn't he?"
William replied: "When he starts to think he's really funny, you've got to worry."
William's birthday will be commemorated by the release of a solid gold £1,000 coin.
Just 21 Prince William Alderney gold kilo coins will be minted, with the highest value ever seen on a coin.
Their 22-carat gold will give them a price of £14,500 each.
A further 500 silver kilo coins with a face value of £50 are being struck to mark this special occasion, priced at £695.
Prince William: Give my father a break
By Caroline Davies
Prince William slideshow
Prince William has used an interview to mark his 21st birthday to
plead for people to have a better understanding of his father, the
Prince of Wales, and to give him "a break".
Prince William also spoke of the enduring influence of his late
In a very public declaration of his love for Prince Charles, Prince
William said: "He does so many amazing things. I only wish people
would see that more because he's had a very hard time and yet he's
stuck it out and he's still very positive."
He acknowledged his father was a "huge influence" on him, especially
in helping him form his own opinions on rural issues such as organic
farming and sustainability.
"I am one of his biggest fans in that sense," said Prince William.
"He's been given quite a hard time recently and I just wish that
people would give him a break," he added, in response to negative
publicity following the collapsed trial of Paul Burrell, the royal
Prince William also spoke of the enduring influence of his late
mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, especially in making him aware of
the plight of the homeless.
"I was influenced a lot by my visits to hostels with my mother when I
was young," he said.
"I learned a lot from it, more so now than I did at the time," he
"It's made me aware, and I think homelessness is one of those topics
that people kind of gloss over and don't really focus on.
"It is an important issue that needs to be understood and
highlighted," added the Prince, who specifically requested to visit a
homeless charity during his public engagements this week to mark his
"My mother used her position very well to help other people, as does
my father, and I hope to do the same". With his 21st birthday -
marked by Andrew Motion, the Poet Laureate, with specially
written "rap" poem - Prince William becomes a Counsellor of State,
with delegated powers to act on behalf of the Queen.
It is his introduction to constitutional government and recognises
his seniority within the Royal Family as second in line to the throne.
The appointment is automatic, under the Regency Acts 1937-53 which
provides that the Queen is entitled to appoint up to six Counsellors
of State, who, apart from her husband Prince Philip, are the next in
line of succession provided they have reached the age of 21.
Depite not yet using his HRH style, Prince William, who replaces the
Princess Royal as a Counsellor of State, is now eligible to exercise
the functions of the Queen in her absence, either abroad or through
illness. Prince Harry will also become one on attaining 21, and will
replace the Earl of Wessex.
In a wide-ranging interview, the Prince said that his guiding
principles in life were "to be honest, genuine, thoughtful and
He also spoke about his close relationship with Prince Harry.
"We've grown up together and we have to go through things together,"
he said. "We've grown up around the same things and people and we'll
always have that common bond.
"We ring each other quite a lot. He usually rings me up to tell me
some incredibly amusing story and the things he gets up to."
He also explained his own worries about the challenges facing the
countryside, including the lack of affordable housing for the younger
"If younger people leave there's no future for the countryside. All
the inherited skills you get passed down from farmers, for example
will be lost," he said.
"But I know this is a problem, beyond the countryside, for young
people who are just starting out."
I think, "spoon" was just Harry's way of trying not to curse. I'm not British so I have no idea if it signifies something, but I think its just a mild insult he used so not to be offensive towards the camera.
This thread is on its 10 page and I think it much easier to follow a thread if it is not o long.
It time for starting Prince William News Thread Part 2
who is up for the challenge?
The title topic should say something like Prince William News Thread Part 2
So everyone knows what kind of thread it is
But in the Topic Description you can come up with something of your own
And in the first post you can introduce William and the thread….
The first post you make for starting the thread could have the links to the last news thread and Prince William picture thread…
Just for all members to find everything great you are posting on the boards…