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Prince William spends his 40th catching up with veteran Big Issue vendor in Hammersmith


Prince William has spent some of his 40th birthday visiting the veteran Big Issue vendor who helped him go undercover to sell the magazine on the streets of London earlier this month.

The Duke of Cambridge was spotted visiting Dave Martin, 60, at a Tesco supermarket in Hammersmith in the British capital today.

Casually-dressed in a green shirt and navy trousers, father-of-three William could be seen shaking hands with The Big Issue vendor, who was at the store to sell copies of the magazine, which both the Duke and Dave appear on the cover of for this month’s edition.

William – who sold 32 copies of the magazine when working alongside Dave – posed for a special edition of the publication to mark his milestone birthday – and wrote a candid essay explaining why he wanted to shine a light on the issue of homelessness for his 40th.

He revealed he hopes to show his three children, Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, the ‘fantastic’ homelessness organisations he works with – ‘just as my mother did for me’ – and recalled how his interest in the problem started aged 11, when he first visited a homeless shelter the Princess of Wales.

The Duke – who reportedly plans to hold a joint 40th party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess’ own celebration plans were cancelled due to coronavirus – added that Diana, ‘in her own inimitable style, was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem’.

Prince William has spent some of his 40th birthday visiting the veteran Big Issue vendor who helped him go undercover to sell the magazine on the streets of London earlier this month 

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured left) was spotted visiting Dave Martin, 60, at a Tesco supermarket in Hammersmith in the British capital today

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured left) was spotted visiting Dave Martin, 60, at a Tesco supermarket in Hammersmith in the British capital today 

William (left) - who sold 32 copies of the magazine when working alongside Dave (right) - posed for a special edition of the publication to mark his milestone birthday - and wrote a candid essay explaining why he wanted to shine a light on the issue of homelessness for his 40th

William (left) – who sold 32 copies of the magazine when working alongside Dave (right) – posed for a special edition of the publication to mark his milestone birthday – and wrote a candid essay explaining why he wanted to shine a light on the issue of homelessness for his 40th

The magazine, sold by people in order to lift themselves out of poverty, also includes an interview between William and Dave. 

William wrote: ‘I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her own inimitable style was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem. 

‘In the 30-odd years since, I’ve seen countless projects in this space grow from strength to strength, including charities of which I have had the honour of being Patron. 

‘New initiatives have been launched up and down the country – some have worked, some have not. But The Big Issue, perhaps now the most immediately recognisable of these organisations, has undeniably had an impact.

He continued: ‘I wanted to experience the other side and see what it was like to be a Big Issue vendor. My time was truly eye opening. I was lucky to join Dave on a warm, sunny day in June. 

‘People recognised a familiar face and were happy to give me the time of day. But that isn’t the case for the vast majority of Big Issue vendors…

The magazine, sold by people in order to lift themselves out of poverty, also includes an interview between William and Dave (pictured together)

The magazine, sold by people in order to lift themselves out of poverty, also includes an interview between William and Dave (pictured together)

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured) appeared low-key for his birthday outing, wearing a green shirt and navy trousers

Prince William is seen on his 40th birthday spending time and chatting to veteran Big Issue seller Dave Martin

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured) appeared low-key for his birthday outing, wearing a green shirt and navy trousers

Only a few days after the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, the Duke of Cambridge sold the magazine on Rochester Row, close to Victoria in London with Dave Martin, Big Issue vendor (pictured with William)

Only a few days after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Duke of Cambridge sold the magazine on Rochester Row, close to Victoria in London with Dave Martin, Big Issue vendor (pictured with William)

Together that afternoon they sold 32 copies. They then visited The Passage, a homelessness charity nearby that supports people who are street homeless or at risk of homelessness, of which the Duke became a Patron in 2019. Pictured, William visiting Dave

William visiting Dave, pictured

Together that afternoon they sold 32 copies. They then visited The Passage, a homelessness charity nearby that supports people who are street homeless or at risk of homelessness, of which the Duke became a Patron in 2019. Pictured, William visiting Dave

‘And while I may seem like one of the most unlikely advocates for this cause, I have always believed in using my platform to help tell those stories and to bring attention and action to those who are struggling. I plan to do that now I’m turning 40, even more than I have in the past. 

‘So, for my part, I commit to continue doing what I can to shine a spotlight on this solvable issue not just today, but in the months and years to come.

‘And in the years ahead, I hope to bring George, Charlotte and Louis to see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me.’ 

Only a few days after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Duke of Cambridge sold the magazine on Rochester Row, close to Victoria in London with Dave Martin, Big Issue vendor. 

Together that afternoon they sold 32 copies. They then visited The Passage, a homelessness charity nearby that supports people who are street homeless or at risk of homelessness, of which the Duke became a Patron in 2019. 

Prince William, pictured on the cover of the magazine, posed for the special edition of The Big Issue to mark his 40th birthday

Prince William, pictured on the cover of the magazine, posed for the special edition of The Big Issue to mark his 40th birthday

The Duke of Cambridge wrote exclusively for the magazine to explain why he wanted to talk about the problem of homelessness around his milestone after going undercover as a Big Issue seller on the streets of London earlier this month (pictured right)

The Duke of Cambridge wrote exclusively for the magazine to explain why he wanted to talk about the problem of homelessness around his milestone after going undercover as a Big Issue seller on the streets of London earlier this month (pictured right)

The Duke of Cambridge (right) speaking to Big Issue vendor Dave Martin. Only a few days after the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, Prince William sold the Big Issue magazine on Rochester Row

The Duke of Cambridge (right) speaking to Big Issue vendor Dave Martin. Only a few days after the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Prince William sold the Big Issue magazine on Rochester Row

It was to The Passage that Princess Diana brought her young sons to give them an insight into the challenges faced by people on the margins. 

The Duke and Dave then interviewed each other about their Big Issue selling experience, homelessness, how the Jubilee brought the country together and much more. The conversation is available to read in The Big Issue magazine and website.

When William asked Dave what The Big Issue had done for him, he said: ‘It got me off the street. Gave me respect. I was begging at the time. Another vendor said I could be doing something a lot better and took me along to the Big Issue office.’

The Duke added: ‘People who are homeless can’t rebuild their life without a number of things. And one of those things is respect and self-respect. And that’s what The Big Issue gives you, along with a means to earn an income.’

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured right) selling the Big Issue in London with Big Issue vendor Dave Martin (pictured centre)

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured right) selling the Big Issue in London with Big Issue vendor Dave Martin (pictured centre)

Prince William (pictured selling the Big Issue) wrote: 'I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her own inimitable style was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem'

Prince William (pictured selling the Big Issue) wrote: ‘I was 11 when I first visited a homeless shelter with my mother, who in her own inimitable style was determined to shine a light on an overlooked, misunderstood problem’

Lord John Bird, founder of The Big Issue, said: ‘I met with Prince William and told him how I myself had been homeless and got out of grief by being imprisoned and then went on to start The Big Issue. 

‘We need to do everything we can to get the millions of people in the UK out of poverty for good. We need more emphasis on prevention and cure, not just all the support and effort going into emergency relief.

‘The scale of interest in William selling The Big Issue has been enormous. And it puts our vendors and their sterling work in the public eye again. Anyone can sell The Big Issue, even a Prince!’

Mick Clarke, CEO of The Passage, said: ‘We were delighted to host our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, for this special interview with Dave and The Big Issue. 

December 2009: Then aged 27, William spent a night sleeping rough to understand the plight of the homeless at Christmas

December 2009: Then aged 27, William spent a night sleeping rough to understand the plight of the homeless at Christmas

Prince William on his first visit to the homeless shelter The Passage with his mother Diana and brother Harry in 1993

Prince William on his first visit to the homeless shelter The Passage with his mother Diana and brother Harry in 1993

William, father to Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis (pictured together), four, said that 'in the years ahead' he hopes to bring his children to 'see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me'

William, father to Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis (pictured together), four, said that ‘in the years ahead’ he hopes to bring his children to ‘see the fantastic organisations doing inspiring work to support those most in need – just as my mother did for me’

‘The Duke has visited The Passage on many occasions over the years to meet our clients and raise awareness and support for people affected by homelessness. We were especially pleased to welcome Dave as a former Passage client and very proud to see how he has moved on in life.

‘As The Duke mentions in the interview, the “Everyone In” programme showed that when society works together, we can truly make progress towards ending street homelessness – which simply should not exist in 21st century Britain. The Passage stands alongside The Duke, The Big Issue and many others who are working hard in the fight to end homelessness.’

This special edition of The Big Issue magazine is available to buy from vendors like Dave across the UK. Vendors buy magazines for £1.50 and sell them for £3, keeping the proceeds.

There are around 1,300 men and women working their way out of poverty by selling The Big Issue. 

Visit www.bigissue.com to find your local Big Issue seller. If you can’t get to a local vendor, subscriptions are available at www.bigissue.com/subscribe to help continue the work of the organisation.

‘Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!’: Prince Charles leads the family tributes as he marks his eldest son’s milestone with a sweet collection of throwback pictures 

The Prince of Wales has led the royal family tributes to his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge with a sweet collection of throwback photographs to mark his 40th birthday today.

Prince Charles, 73, sent Prince William birthday congratulations on his Instagram account this morning by sharing a number of images showing the duo together.

‘Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!’, the post read, along with a snap of Charles holding a baby William, and another photo showing the father and son pair on a skiing trip.

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Royal Family Instagram account also shared snaps to mark William’s milestone, with the caption reading: ‘Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!

The Prince of Wales has led the royal family tributes to his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge with a sweet collection of throwback photographs to mark his 40th birthday today

The Prince of Wales has led the royal family tributes to his eldest son the Duke of Cambridge with a sweet collection of throwback photographs to mark his 40th birthday today

The Queen and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour parade in 2003. This was one of the images shared in the Royal Family Instagram account's post marking William's birthday

The Queen and Prince William on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after the Trooping the Colour parade in 2003. This was one of the images shared in the Royal Family Instagram account’s post marking William’s birthday

‘Prince William Arthur Philip Louis (pictured as a toddler) is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London,' read the caption on the Royal Family's Instagram account

Prince William, pictured

‘Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London,’ read the caption on the Royal Family’s Instagram account

The Clarence House Instagram account shared the post with the above caption this morning

The Clarence House Instagram account shared the post with the above caption this morning

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Royal Family Instagram account also shared snaps to mark William’s milestone, with the caption reading: ‘Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!

Meanwhile, the Queen’s Royal Family Instagram account also shared snaps to mark William’s milestone, with the caption reading: ‘Happy 40th Birthday to The Duke of Cambridge!

‘Prince William Arthur Philip Louis is the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales. He was born at 9.03pm on 21 June 1982, at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London. A bulletin, placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace announced that he weighed 7lb 1 1/2 oz.’

The post included a snap of William as a toddler and then multiple images of Her Majesty pictured alongside her grandson. 

Elsewhere, a third image shared by the Prince of Wales captured Charles, William, Camilla and a young Prince George at a Trooping the Colour appearance on Buckingham Palace’s balcony in London.

There was also two images of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge dressed in their country clothing while posing with one another.

Prince Charles, 73, sent Prince William birthday congratulations on his Instagram account this morning by sharing a number of images showing the duo together

 Prince Charles, 73, sent Prince William birthday congratulations on his Instagram account this morning by sharing a number of images showing the duo together

'Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!', the post read, along with a snap of Charles holding a baby William, and another photo showing the father and son pair on a skiing trip

‘Wishing The Duke of Cambridge a very happy 40th birthday!’, the post read, along with a snap of Charles holding a baby William, and another photo showing the father and son pair on a skiing trip

Elsewhere, a third image shared by the Prince of Wales captured Charles, William, Camilla and a young Prince George at a Trooping the Colour appearance on Buckingham Palace's balcony in London

Elsewhere, a third image shared by the Prince of Wales captured Charles, William, Camilla and a young Prince George at a Trooping the Colour appearance on Buckingham Palace’s balcony in London

There was also two images of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge dressed in their country clothing while posing with one another

There was also two images of the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge dressed in their country clothing while posing with one another

Royal fans were quick to comment on Clarence House’s post, with one writing: ‘Last picture is so adorable. Happy Birthday Prince William.’ Another person said: ‘Such a sweet collection of pictures – 40 already, gosh, time flies…’ 

The post comes following reports that Prince William is to hold a joint 40th birthday party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess’ own celebrations were cancelled.

Royal sources have revealed that the Duke and Duchess should ‘celebrate their landmark birthdays in style’, in a tradition for the family which sees multiple members collaborate their big bashes.

However the Queen, 96, will not confirm her attendance until the day of the party, according to the Mirror, because of her mobility issues which have seen her reluctantly pull out of many royal appearances in recent months. 

Prince William couldn't help but break into a smirk as the Queen inspected graduates of the Sandhurst military academy in 2006 in this throwback image shared by the Royal Family's Instagram account

Prince William couldn’t help but break into a smirk as the Queen inspected graduates of the Sandhurst military academy in 2006 in this throwback image shared by the Royal Family’s Instagram account

Her Majesty and her grandson, William, during a Patron's Lunch celebration at Buckingham Palace in 2016

Her Majesty and her grandson, William, during a Patron’s Lunch celebration at Buckingham Palace in 2016

Prince William shows his grandmother the hanger where the Sea King Helicopter he flies during his training as a Search and Rescue pilot is kept during a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey in 2011

Prince William shows his grandmother the hanger where the Sea King Helicopter he flies during his training as a Search and Rescue pilot is kept during a visit to RAF Valley in Anglesey in 2011

A sweet photograph of Prince William and the Queen during their 2021 Scotland visit

A sweet photograph of Prince William and the Queen during their 2021 Scotland visit

The Duchess of Cambridge enjoyed her 40th in the Norfolk countryside in January, in a more intimate affair with just friends and family at the Cambridges’ home, Amner Hall, due to the coronavirus.

At the time, a source said: ‘There are likely to be low-key celebrations for the Duchess. She didn’t want anything flashy anyway – that’s not exactly her thing – but particularly given the current climate anything is likely to be scaled down.’

A similar royal knees-up to what is expected this summer was held at Windsor Castle back in June 2000, which saw the family get together for Prince William’s 18th birthday, Princess Anne’s 50th, Princess Margaret’s 70th and Andrew’s 40th.

And for the first time, the Duke will not be having his birthday marked by the flying of the Union flags.

The Queen and Prince Charles will be the only royals honoured with the Union Flag flying over government buildings on their birthdays.

The post comes following reports that Prince William is to hold a joint 40th birthday party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess' own celebrations were cancelled

The post comes following reports that Prince William is to hold a joint 40th birthday party with Kate Middleton at Windsor Castle or Sandringham this summer after the Duchess’ own celebrations were cancelled 

Royal sources have revealed that the Duke and Duchess should 'celebrate their landmark birthdays in style', in a historic tradition for the family which sees multiple members collaborate their big bashes. Pictured is Sandringham Estate, where the royal couple could celebrate their 40th birthdays this summer

Royal sources have revealed that the Duke and Duchess should ‘celebrate their landmark birthdays in style’, in a historic tradition for the family which sees multiple members collaborate their big bashes. Pictured is Sandringham Estate, where the royal couple could celebrate their 40th birthdays this summer

However the Queen, 96, will not confirm her attendance until the day of the party, according to the Mirror, because of her mobility issues which have seen her reluctantly pull out of many royal appearances in recent months (pictured is Windsor Castle)

However the Queen, 96, will not confirm her attendance until the day of the party, according to the Mirror, because of her mobility issues which have seen her reluctantly pull out of many royal appearances in recent months (pictured is Windsor Castle)

It is reportedly a bid to save Prince Andrew from embarrassment. The honour was stripped from the Duke of York as well as William, Kate, Anne, Edward, Camilla and Sophie.

The government decision is believed to have been agreed upon by the 96-year-old monarch, the Sun reported.  

A number of councils allegedly said they would not obey a rule to fly it for Andrew on his birthday earlier this year because of the disgraced Duke of York’s association with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and his lawsuit with Virginia Roberts.

The Queen’s second son was stripped of his official duties this year after he paid a settlement worth £12million to Virginia Roberts, who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was 17. An allegation he denies.

The Government publishes a list each year of designated days for the flag to fly over governmental buildings. 

Yet the guidance on flags changed in 2022 according to archives of its code on flying the Union Flag, with the alteration meaning the Duke of York’s February 19 birthday is no longer a designated day.

Only Her Majesty and her successor, the Prince of Wales, will have their birthdays marked. The government said: ‘Since 2021, the default position is the flag flies all year unless another flag is being flown.’



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