Prince William got back into the royal swing of things today with a little “heir of the dog” at his first official event since his tour down under with his wife, Kate Middleton. The Duke of Cambridge downed a shot of rum, a submarine tradition, at the event to celebrate the $10 million restoration and re-dedication of the HMS Alliance, a World War II submarine, in Hampshire.
As he took the swig of rum, William joked, “Where’s everyone else’s rum?” After viewing the submarine interior and living quarters, William was presented with a dolphin insignia, making him an honorary submariner. When a 66-year-old veteran invited Prince George back for a future visit, William told him that he was “lucky” the little one wasn’t there.
“You’re lucky he’s not here,” William said. “I think he’ d get up to all sorts of mischief pulling on things.”
It’s a busy week for His Royal Highness. Wednesday night, William follows in his mother’s footsteps, hosting a charity benefit at Windsor Castle for the Royal Marsden Cancer Hospital. Prince William became president of the hospital in 2007, a post his mother Princess Diana also held. The charity was a favorite of Diana’s — a portrait of her hangs today at the hospital — and he has said he’s anxious to raise the hospital’s philanthropic profile.
The star-studded guest list for Wednesday’s charity benefit includes designer Ralph Lauren, who has been a generous donor to breast cancer awareness, and Princess Diana’s favorite photographer, Mario Testino.