When And Why 10-Year-Old Prince George Could Be Called Up For Military Service

May 28, 2024 by apost team

After King Charles III ascended the British throne in 2023, his firstborn son, Prince William, became first in line for the throne. Prince William has always been one of the most popular figures in the royal family, and admiration for him only grew when he married Princess Catherine, formerly known as Kate Middleton, on April 29, 2011, in a grand ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The couple has garnered immense admiration and influence for what many describe as the classy yet down-to-earth manner in which they have undertaken their royal duties and their ability to connect with people from all walks of life. 

Catherine and William have three children: Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis. Prince George was born on July 22, 2013, and is second in line to the British throne. Known for his charming personality, George often accompanies his parents to public events. He attends Thomas's Battersea School in London, where he has shown an interest in both sports and the arts.

Princess Charlotte was born on May 2, 2015, and is the only daughter of William and Catherine. She is third in line to the throne and is noted for her lively and confident demeanor. She has a particular fondness for animals and outdoor activities and is known for her affectionate nature with her siblings. Like her brother, Charlotte attends Thomas's Battersea School.

Prince Louis was born on April 23, 2018. He is fourth in line to the throne and is known for his playful and cheerful nature. He has made several public appearances alongside his family, delighting onlookers with his playful antics.

Now, due to policy changes in Great Britain, the trio of young royals are set to possibly make history by becoming the first members of the royal family to participate in the nation’s revived National Service.

Prince George (2017), (IMAGO / E-PRESS PHOTO.com)

Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, 9, and Prince Louis, 6, live with their parents, Prince William and Princess Catherine, at Kensington Palace in London and also spend time at their country home, Anmer Hall, in Norfolk. They are popular figures within the British royal family and are often seen with their parents at public engagements.

As the children of Prince William and Princess Catherine, who are highly admired and respected figures in the UK, the young royals are seen as the future of the monarchy. Their close position in the line of succession adds to their significance and public interest. Despite their privileged positions, William and Catherine are seen as modern, hands-on parents who are involved in their children's lives. This relatable family image resonates with many people, making the royal children appear more accessible and down-to-earth. 

Their parenting choices include sending their children to regular schools rather than relying on exclusive private tutors or royal institutions. George and Charlotte attend Thomas's Battersea School in London, known for its inclusive and holistic approach to education. This allows them to interact with children from various backgrounds. The children are reportedly encouraged to take on small chores and responsibilities appropriate for their ages. 

William and Catherine themselves lead by example through their down-to-earth behavior, strong work ethic, and commitment to charitable causes. They demonstrate humility and approachability in their public roles, setting a standard for their children to follow.  They regularly involve their children in charitable activities and community service. For example, they have participated in events such as the Chelsea Flower Show, engaging with the public and learning about environmental sustainability. 

For these reasons, George, Charlotte and Louis will likely not receive special treatment if the National Service for youth in the United Kingdom is revived if the Conservatives win the next general election.


Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis (2022), (IMAGO / PPE)

On May 26, 2024, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that his Conservative party would revive the National Service for 18-year-olds. He said the policy shift would allow teens to choose between applying for one of 30,000 full-time military placements or volunteering for community service one weekend a month. He said the move would instill a “national spirit” in the youth and allow them to learn about cybersecurity, logistics, procurement, or civil response operations during their military placements.

Sunak said the move would provide young people with “real world skills, [let them] do new things and contribute to their community and our country.”

He added:

“I will bring in a new model of national service to create a shared sense of purpose among our young people and a renewed sense of pride in our country.”

Should the policy come to fruition, Prince George would be the first to take part when he turns 18 in July 2031, followed by Charlotte in 2033 and Louis in 2036. Should they choose military placements, they will follow in the footsteps of their father, William, who trained as an RAF Search and Rescue Force pilot in 2008. As Flight Lieutenant William Wales, he took part in numerous search and rescue missions between 2010 and 2013. 

Meanwhile, the Wales children will not be the only young royals set to take part in the national service should it come into force. King Charles’s nephew James, the Earl of Wessex and Prince Edward’s 16-year-old son, would also be of age in two years’ time. Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice’s children would also be eligible. 

National military service was obligatory for 17- to 21-year-old men in the UK from 1947 to 1960.

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