Saturday, June 20, 1998 Published at 09:53 GMT 10:53 UK
William with his brother, Harry and father in 1997
Royal records released to celebrate Prince William's 16th birthday reveal the future king to be a thoughtful young man.
The Royal Family agreed to the unprecedented access to files after the press agreed with a request to respect the young prince's privacy in the months after the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
The records paint a picture of a prince who is a bright pupil, keen sportsman and willing to help others.
Staff there described the young prince as a keen reader and actor.
The records state: "Prince William was very popular with the other children, and was known for his kindness, sense of fun and quality of thoughtfulness."
William joined Wetherby School, also in Notting Hill, when he was four years old in 1987. Teachers said he had a flair for English and spelling.
Sports Day was held annually at Richmond Athletic Ground and both the Prince and Princess of Wales took part in parents' races.
William proved himself a good swimmer, winning a cup for swimming style when he was seven years old.
William sang in three Christmas concerts, and took part in the June 1990 school play, The Saga of Erik Nobeard or A Viking Nonetheless.
His academic potential began to show when he won the Junior Essay Prize in the summer term of 1992.
During the same period, William went on two sponsored walks for Wokingham and District Association for the Elderly.
Before he left for Eton, William became a full school monitor and was named a rugby and hockey team captain.
He also represented the school at cross-country running.
In July 1994, aged 12, he won the Cliddesden Salver for Clay Pigeon Shooting.
His school acting career took off in 1990 with an appearance in the Christmas play.
In 1993 he had a part in the Christmas Cavalier and the following year was in Santa and The Vikings, both by Richard Lloyd.
William was secretary of the Dramatic Society for the Christmas 1994 production.
His first mention in the Court Circular came on August 19, 1995, when he attended the 50th anniversary of VJ Day and the end of the Second World War.
His only major health scare came when he was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, after a golfing accident at Ludgrove.
He suffered a depressed fracture of the forehead from a golf club and was operated on at London's Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.
"Prince William was very brave and did not cry," according to the royal records.