Prince Harry turns 30 today, and in honor of the eligible spare to the heir, we rounded up 30 things that you may or may not know about the ginger-haired royal that’s fourth in line to the British throne:
His full name is Henry Charles Albert David.
He was born at 4:20 p.m. on September 15, 1984 at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, the same hospital where his nephew Prince George was born last year.
Princess Diana let everyone know that the prince would be known as “Harry” from the start. She wanted nothing more than a normal childhood as possible for him and older brother Prince William.
His nickname among his friends is Spike.
Princess Diana used to call him “the naughty one.”
He is currently fourth in line to the British throne. He’ll move to fifth once Prince George becomes a big brother. Because Game of Thrones is real.
He will inherit a £10 million (more than $16 million) share of Diana’s fortune on his birthday, just as Prince William did.
He calls himself Prince George’s “funcle.” Heh. (“Fun uncle.”)
The Invictus Games are Harry’s brainchild. The international Paralympic-style multi-sport event for wounded soldiers sees them taking part in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing among other games.
He is an accomplished polo player. Because princely things.
He is known as “Captain Wales” in the armed forces.
He doesn’t have a fixed surname. As a British prince he gets to use the name of the area over which Prince Charles holds title. Hence Wales.
When he was 18 years old, he spent his gap year in Australia and Lesotho working on a cattle station at the former and was moved to help kids and young people in the latter.
In 2006, he founded Sentebale with Prince Seeiso of the Lesotho Royal Family. Sentebale means “forget me not” in Sesotho, and is a charitable organization focused on community-led development, which works to empower vulnerable children to reach their full potential.
From 2007 to 2008 he served in Helmand, Afghanistan for 77 days before being pulled out after a story published in an Australian magazine gave away his location. He returned to Afghanistan for a 20-week deployment in 2012 through 2013 with the Army Air Corps.
He has his own coat of arms. Queen Elizabeth II gave it to him on his 18th birthday.
He also has his own monogram: a calligraphy “H” with a crown on top.
Prince Harry digs Harry Potter.
And Star Trek.
And all the sports.
And chocolate. Because chocolate.
He is surprisingly handy. While visiting a home in Valparaiso, Chile, he noticed the family’s TV wasn’t working and fixed it. Because of course he did.
Word on the street has it he would love to get married and start a family in a little country house tucked away from the public eye. But so far, no girl has been up to the task.
When he and Prince William were little, Princess Diana took them on various service projects in hopes that it would teach them empathy and compassion. She obviously got it right.
Prince Harry trekked to the North Pole in 2011 to raise money for Walking With The Wounded, a charity that serves injured servicemen and women.
As part of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge of 2013, he became the first member of the royal family to reach the South Pole.
When Prince Harry presented the rings at Prince William’s wedding as his supporter (Best Man to us), he carried them in the cuff of his tunic because his military uniform didn’t have pockets.
Following training at Sandhurst, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Blues and Royals of the Household Cavalry Regiment.
Harry has three medals to his name: an Operation Service Medal for Afghanistan, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Photo credits: PrinceHenryofWales.org.