Prince William is beginning life as an army officer after arriving at the barracks of his new regiment.Say this for the Europeans -- they do aristocracy right. It would be unthinkable for someone with William or even Harry's proximity to the throne to not serve, war or no.
William, who is second in line to the throne, will report for duty later for his first official day with the Household Cavalry.
The 24-year-old, who is joining the Blues and Royals regiment, will be based at Combermere Barracks, Windsor.
After his first year in the Army, the prince will turn his attention to constitutional affairs.
This process will be in anticipation of when he eventually accedes the throne.
By joining the Army, William is following in the footsteps of younger brother Harry.
Meanwhile, North Americans seem to allow our aristocrats to have all the wealth and power of old-school nobility without any, uh, nobility.