To celebrate Prince Harry turning 30, here are 30 facts about the birthday boy.
1. Harry was born Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales at 4.20pm, weighing 6lb 14oz, on September 15, 1984.
2. The Prince of Wales told crowds outside that his second son had “pale blue eyes” and hair of “a sort of indeterminate colour”.
3. He used to play at being a fireman in the yard of the Old Fire Station in the grounds of Sandringham House.
4. As a youngster, Harry was only called “Henry” when he had been “very, very naughty”, Charles once revealed.
5. On his way to a nativity play dressed as a pixie, three-year-old Harry played up by opening his mouth wide and sticking his tongue out at photographers as he went past in a car.
6. He was only 12 when his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a Paris car crash in 1997.
7. Harry has produced his fair share of “naughtiness” over the years. He brawled with a paparazzi photographer, dabbled with cannabis, sparked worldwide outrage by dressing up as a Nazi and stripped off in Las Vegas during a racy game of billiards.
8. The Prince has form for stripping off. At his father’s 50th birthday party, a drunken 14-year-old Harry reportedly whipped off his clothes and ran around naked in front of horrified guests.
9. When attending the wedding of his former nanny Tiggy Legge Bourke, the teenage Prince was reportedly said to have eaten a goldfish from one of the decorative bowls that adorned the guests’ tables.
10. In 2005, Harry attended a friend’s fancy dress birthday party dressed as a Nazi, complete with swastika armband. His actions caused widespread outrage, particularly in the run up to the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Clarence House said Harry was sorry if he had caused offence and that he realised it was a “poor choice of costume”. His more sensible brother Prince William went to the party as a lion.
11. Harry went to Eton where he achieved a B in Art and a D in Geography in his A Levels.
12. As teenagers, Harry and William used to hold parties at “Club H” – their private den – complete with sound system and well stocked bar – in the cellar of Charles’s country home Highgrove.
13. Like his brother the Duke of Cambridge, Harry was left £6.5 million in Diana’s will following her death in a car crash in 1997, but this is likely to have grown substantially since her death 17 years ago.
14. As he turns 30, Harry will be able to take control of his share of the capital sum, as William did in 2012. Harry currently earns between £38,847 and £46,198 a year as a captain in the Army.
15. William and Harry will also now receive Diana’s dresses, including her famous ivory silk wedding gown, as well as her tiaras, other priceless jewels, family paintings, letters and home movies. Diana’s possessions were to be returned to his nephews when both had turned 30, in accordance with their mother’s will.
16. When Harry joined the Army and was forced to endure room inspections at 5.30 am, he is said to have complained to a fellow cadet: “I was never up this early unless I was going to bed.”
17. When he was 21, the Prince set up his Sentebale charity in memory of his mother to help Aids orphans in Lesotho, southern Africa.
18. In Argentina while during his gap year there were reports of a plot to kidnap him while he was staying at a polo ranch 40 miles from Buenos Aires.
19. He spent part of his gap year in Australia working as a jackaroo, rounding up cattle on horseback on a farm.
20. Harry, who now holds the rank of Captain, has served in Afghanistan twice – as a Forward Air Controller in 2007/08 and as an Apache Pilot between September 2012 and January 2013.
21. He now has a Staff Officer role in HQ London District and helps co-ordinate commemorative events involving the Army – a period broadening his skills by establishing a major event like the Invictus Games will help him if he has aspirations to become a major – and he could return to fighting on the frontline at a later date.
22. Harry’s nickname is “Spike” – used by by friends and even his bodyguards. He apparently once had a Facebook page under the pseudonym “Spike Wells”.
23. Harry is also patron of MapAction, which helps aid agencies by providing crucial mapping following natural and humanitarian disasters, patron of WellChild, which supports seriously-ill children and their families, vice patron of the Rugby Football Union and patron of the RFU’s Injured Players Foundation.
24. Harry set up his own foundation with his brother to help the causes they are passionate about. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry focuses on helping young people; raising awareness and support for the Armed Forces; and championing conservation work.
25. During his last tour in Afghanistan, Harry was the co-pilot gunner of a deadly Apache helicopter and he confirmed he had killed Taliban insurgents.
26. Captain Harry Wales – as he is known in the military – is likely to follow royal tradition and remain a serving officer with his regiment, the Household Cavalry’s Blues and Royals, for the coming years.
27. Prince Harry joined the Walking with the Wounded team on the island of Spitsbergen – situated between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole – for their last days of preparation before setting off to the North Pole by foot.
28. He entertained the crowds with Usain Bolt at the University of the West Indies, in Jamaica.
29. The prince sent his first ever tweet to drum up interest in his inaugural Paralympic-style games for wounded service personnel at the ticket launch of the Invictus Games on May 15, 2014.
30. After the closing concert of his Invictus Games, Prince Harry planned to have a birthday beer with the British Armed Forces team captain, double-amputee Dave Henson, as both men turn 30 on the same day.