Prince William swapped his RAF uniform for a barrister’s gown yesterday as he became the sixth member of the Royal Family to be called to the Bar.
In the ceremony, at Middle Temple, the Prince was called to the bar to be made an honorary barrister and was called to the Bench, the Inn’s governing body.
He made his acceptance speech in front of more than 300 people at the Inn’s hall and, inline with tradition, described his interests, hobbies and passions for the crowd.
He said: “I play football, rugby and water polo, not very well, but particularly pride myself in being a quite magnificent armchair centre-back at football and flanker at rugby and now you have made me a barrister – I promise not to practice, except for the odd speeding ticket.”
But not everybody is happy about his new title.
Rachel Tandy, who is about to start her Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at the College of Law in September said it was difficult to accept when you spend two years and more than £25,000 to get called to the bar.
She said: “Prince William seems to be treating the whole thing as a bit of a joke and I think it would be easy to take offence. But then again, the Inns of Court are all about tradition, and on the whole I don’t think it’s particularly harmful – as long as he stays away from court.”
The Prince is following in the footsteps of the Queen Mother and his mother Diana, Princess of Wales to be called to the bench.