1984 – Prince Harry is born

The younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Harry (in full: Henry Charles Albert David Windsor; formally: Prince Henry of Wales), currently stands fourth in line for the throne (and gets further back each time he gains a nephew or niece). He is perhaps best known for being the only member of the Royal Family to be photographed wearing Nazi regalia, but this has not dented his popularity, which leaves him second only to his brother William and the Queen (his grandmother).

Despite his occasional embarrassments to the family, Harry is held in high esteem for his military service and sporting prowess. That said, it’s probably a relief to everyone – Harry included – that he keeps getting further down the line of succession.

Referenced in:
Heartland — The The

1982 – Prince William of England is born

The eldest child of Prince Charles (himself the eldest child and heir of the current Queen of England), Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis Windsor is second in line to the British throne, and quite likely to be King of England someday. In fact, it is widely assumed that his father will stand aside for him in the event that the apparently indestructible cyborg that is Elizabeth Windsor ever malfunctions permanently, in which event, the current His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales will become His Majesty King William V of the United Kingdom.

William’s mother was the now-deceased Diana Spencer, whom his father separated from some years previously. Despite the personal tragey of his mother’s death and the pressure-cooker of media attention that flourishes around the Royal Family in England (and to a lesser extent, throughout the British Commonwealth, Europe and the United States), William appears to be a reasonably well-edjusted young man who appears to have absorbed the media and people skills of his father, grandmother and great-grandmother, and the sense of humour of the former.

Referenced in:

Heartland – Nenah Cherry