This is 40: How future king William's influence is growing

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
Photo: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images

Prince William's 40th birthday marks a significant milestone for the future king, who is rapidly stamping his authority on the British royal family by plotting a course between tradition and modernity.

William's wife Catherine celebrated her landmark birthday in January and only Queen Elizabeth II is held in higher regard by the public than the close-knit couple, who are often held up as a model for the future of the monarchy.

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