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Prince William reveals incredible way Prince George takes after him and Prince Harry

The Prince and Princess of Wales's son, ten, already has an enthusiastic interest

Danielle Stacey
Online Royal CorrespondentLondon
Updated: May 21, 2024
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The Prince of Wales hinted that his son, Prince George, is keen to follow in his footsteps in future.

As Prince William, 41, mingled with guests at the Buckingham Palace garden party on Tuesday, he spoke with Squadron Leader Chrissie Lacey, a padre serving at RAF Coningsby near Lincoln.

The future king told the minister that ten-year-old George would love to visit the base as he is a "potential pilot in the making".

George, who is second in line to the throne, has been fascinated with aircraft since he was a toddler, with mum Kate revealing back in 2016 that her then three-year-old son was "obsessed with planes and wants to become an air cadet".

The young royal has previously demonstrated his love for aviation, having attended the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford when he was just two.

Prince George sitting in a helicopter with William and Kate in 2016© Getty
Prince George at the air show with William and Kate in 2016

George also looked thrilled to be given a tour of a helicopter in Hamburg during the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's tour of Germany and Poland in 2017.

Prince George standing in a helicopter in Germany, 2017© Getty
George was delighted to be shown around a helicopter on the royal tour of Germany in 2017

And the Prince beamed as he was put in charge of a task when William and Kate took their children on a treat to the Royal International Air Tattoo in Gloucestershire last summer. 

George's interest in becoming a pilot is no surprise given William's previous role as a RAF search and rescue pilot for three years at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales. The Prince also worked as an air ambulance pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2015 to 2017 when his eldest children, George and Charlotte, were little.

And George's uncle, Prince Harry, completed two tours of Afghanistan as a forward air controller and an Apache helicopter pilot.

William the self-confessed cookie lover

Squadron Leader Chrissie Lacey, who is famed for getting up early to bake for the base, handed William a bag of cookies after he asked if she had woken up at 5am as they met at the garden party.

The delighted Prince said: "I promise you that wasn't a fishing expedition but I will take them all the same, this is amazing."

Smiling Prince William shaking guest's hand at Buckingham Palace© Getty
Prince William didn't let the downpour dampen his spirits at the garden party

The minister said later: "I like to share the love around the station, so I bake cookies for the personnel, and I go out and give them away. It's part of my ministry and it gives them a chance to stop, to pause and have a breather and talk and feel valued and appreciated.

"I got up at 4.30am to bake them, some have gone on to the station to be given away and I kept some aside for him."

Prince William, Prince of Wales, (C) Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester (L) and Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester arrive at the Sovereign's Garden Party © Getty
William was also joined by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and his royal cousins

William's favourite teatime treat – chocolate biscuit cake – was famously served at his and Kate's royal wedding in 2011.

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