Prince William Expands His Role as a Senior Royal

This Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge will host his very first investiture at Buckingham Palace.  These events take place during each year to honor Britons who have either given back to their community or achieved significant accomplishments.

Prince William will present Wimbledon champ Andy Murray with an OBE, an order of chivalry established by King George V in 1917.  William will represent the Queen in one of his first important roles as a “senior royal.”

A Buckingham Palace source told the Daily Mirror that William “has been practising using the sword and pinning the medals on a servant so that he gets it right.

“He is a bit nervous. Above all he realises this is the biggest day in the lives of some people who are being honoured, and he wants it to go well for them.”

Last month, Kensington Palace announced that William would leave the Royal Air Force, and that the following 12 months would be a “transitional” period for the future king.

The ceremony is is rich in tradition, and takes place at either Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle or the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.  The Queen normally hands out the medals or knighthoods, but this year she asked William if he’d like to take part.

“The Queen has done it without complaint for years but she is now 87, and she will be delighted that William is stepping up to support her by taking on some of her duties,” a source told the paper.

Prince Charles sometimes hands out medals, as does his sister, Princess Anne.