Second in line to throne Prince William, 28, is the sixth member of the Royal Family to become an honorary barrister. Prince William, following his mom Princess Diana and the Queen Mother, become an honorary barrister at a cermony in Middle Temple Hall.
Before sitting down to dinner with law lords, barristers and law students, William promised not to practise as a barrister “except for the odd speeding ticket”.
Prince William, Dressed in a gown, described his activities in the past decade, including his gap year in Chile and South Africa, his service in the Household Cavalry and his current training to be an RAF search and rescue pilot.
Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers the senior law lord, Lord Judge, the Lord Chief Justice and Baroness Scotland, the Attorney General, were among the guests. The Queen’s words of support were read by Sir George Newman, the treasurer of Middle Temple. Peter Hilling, the under treasurer, said that since Diana’s death and that of the Queen Mother in 2001, Middle Temple had been the only Inn without a Royal Bencher.
“It’s always been our desire to get Prince William and we finally succeeded yesterday.” Hilling said the Inn’s first Royal Bencher in 1861 was another royal prince, Edward, later King Edward VII.
He added that the position would give Prince William the chance to meet barristers and members of the judiciary and get a feel for how the law operated and what barristers did.