Prince William’s 30th birthday gifts – Sea ‘doughnut’ ride, cottage from Queen

Prince William’s 30th birthday gifts – Sea ‘doughnut’ ride, cottage from Queen

London : United Kingdom | Jun 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM PDT
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Prince William gets $15 Million as a 30th Birthday Gift

Report By: Nina Rai

London, 30 June, 2012

The Duke of Cambridge reportedly celebrated his 30th birthday last week (21 June) by being dragged in a rubber ring behind a speed boat across freezing Irish seas, close to his Welsh home.

The water-sport gift was the brainwave of his brunette wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, 30, who had booked the boat several weeks in advance hoping that the weather would be conducive for the high-thrill sport, it was claimed.

However, much to Duchess Kate’s chagrin, Prince William was pulled behind the cruiser in chilly weather with pouring rainfall and bitter winds, resulting in him being “soaked to the skin”. Chilly weather or not, the gutsy Duke, insisted on braving the inclement weather conditions and going ahead to take on the sea at Anglesey, North Wales.

It was indeed a sight to behold with the tall Prince bouncing through the waves. The audience comprising of Duchess Kate, Prince Harry and a small bunch of his closest pals are said to have “roared with laughter” seeing the unlikely sight of the future King of England take on the waves.

Prince William’s dozen-strong close coterie included his lifelong and closest buddies Thomas van Straubenzee, Harry Aubrey-Fletcher and David Jardine Paterson. The laughing bunch had a great time, with at one point the Duke losing his grip over the “doughnut” ring and being tossed into the sea, reported The Sun.

"For most 30-year-olds who have just inherited £10 million, the last thing they would want to do is freeze themselves on a wet weekend in Wales. But this is typical of William," one source revealed to the newspaper.

After an adrenaline pounding session, drying himself off William and his clique then went back into a tiny rented cottage on the picturesque island, where hot home-cooked meal and drinks awaited the bunch, which undoubtedly was organized by his loving wife Duchess Kate.

During the weekend, the Queen gifted the Duke a cottage on the Sandringham Estate to mark his 30th birthday. The cottage on the sprawling 20,000 acre estate, however, will be made available to the couple later this year. Prince William is understood to be delighted as it is the same location where he and Kate spent their first Christmas together as married couple.

Meanwhile, a source informed The Mail on Sunday newspaper: 'A property is definitely being made available to William and Kate this year and a plan is in place for William to have his own place on the estate…. He's a country boy and loves Norfolk, just like his father and his grandparents. It's a lovely peaceful place and William adores it.'

The Duke also received a handsome £15 million from his mother Diana’s estate for his 30th birthday. The windfall legacy has given rise to speculation that the Duke will be building a property in which he could raise a family. However, a royal insider has clarified that there will be no obvious change in the Duke’s lifestyle over the coming weeks or months. Meanwhile, according to St. James aides, Prince William ushered in his birthday in a low-key and private manner.

Source: The Telegraph

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PRINCE William inherits $15.4 million from his mother Princess Diana as he celebrated his 30th birthday on 21st June, 2012.
Nina Rai is based in Mangaluru, Karnataka, India, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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