Prince William mulls military career

May 29, 2004 at 6:15 PM

LONDON, May 29 (UPI) -- The heir to the British throne is considering military service when he completes his university course.

Prince William, now 21 and a student at the University of Aberdeen, talked to reporters as he and his father, Prince Charles, inspected cattle at a royal farm in Gloucestershire. The outing included a friendly warning from the prince to reporters to "mind the cow pats," the BBC reported.

"I haven't really ruled anything out but a career in the armed forces would be the best thing at the moment because it would be lovely to recognise all the hard work that the armed forces are doing," Prince William said.

The royal family has a tradition of naval service. William's great-grandfather, King George VI, served during World War I, and his grandfather, Prince Philip, during World War II. Prince Charles had a short naval career, but William's uncle, Prince Andrew, put in 22 years, including service in the Falklands War.

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