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Sunday, June 21, 1998 Published at 04:04 GMT 05:04 UK


Many Royal returns!

Prince William at his grandmother's birthday in March

The BBC's Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond: "Now he's showing he wants to take more control"
Prince William is celebrating his 16th birthday after giving his first ever interview to the media.

The young prince, second in line to the throne, said he finds it difficult to cope with the adulation of fans who in recent months have turned the Prince of Wales' son into a teenage pin-up.

William, who is celebrating his first birthday since the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, answered written questions from the UK's Press Association.

BBC correspondent Jeremy Ball: "William is a typical teenager"
Along with revealing the A-Level subjects he plans to study from next year, the future king declared his thoroughly modern teenage taste for techno music - but diplomatically did not express a preference for any particular bands or DJs.

William, who has just sat 12 GCSEs, plans to study geography, biology and history of art from next year - a reflection of his father's interests - though he does not know which university he wants to attend.

He said he enjoyed being at Eton - a stark contrast to his father's time at Gordonstoun - and even liked the school's distinctive tailcoat and striped trousers uniform.

[ image: Adoring fans spot their favourite prince]
Adoring fans spot their favourite prince
Sport plays a major part in the young prince's life and he said he likes rugby, football, swimming, water polo and tennis.

He enjoys reading, particularly action-adventure fiction and non-fiction. He also likes action films at the cinema.

Like his grandmother the Queen, he likes dogs and has a pet female black Labrador, Widgeon. He also shares the Royal Family's love of horses.

African adventure

[ image: Enjoying a recent skiing trip in Canada]
Enjoying a recent skiing trip in Canada
William lists an African safari as one of his ambitions - following in the footsteps of his younger brother Harry who went to Botswana last year.

Taking the cue from his famously well-dressed late mother, the prince says he shops for clothes himself and goes for modern styles.

But thankfully for a member of the Royal Family who one day will go on state visits around the world, the prince says he has a broad taste in food - but prefers simple dishes and fast food.

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