Prince William, heir apparent to the Royal Throne of England, has assumed new duties as part of his education as future king.

The extra duties include taking on a larger role serving as a senior representative to Queen Elizabeth and more charity work, as well as learning more about government and the judiciary, reports the Daily Telegraph.

Recently, Britain`s Prince William was ranked No. 1 on the Forbes` list of the world`s hottest young royals. Prince Harry was ranked No. 2.

Williams younger brother Harry recently joined the Blues and Royals regiment, the British sect of the military occupation in Afghanistan, as both young men continue to serve their country in war and peace.

Prince William is also rumored to be planning to propose to his girlfriend Kate Middleton.

When Queen Elizabeth II of England formally appointed her grandson Prince William as Knight of the Garter at St. George`s Chapel in Windsor in June 2008, Middleton was present.

This was believed to be the first official royal public event girlfriend Middleton has attended, The Telegraph said.

The Telegraph said the prince is now a Royal Knight Companion and the 1,000th knight in the register.

William walked beside his father, Prince Charles, during the knights` traditional procession to the church and received the honor at a ceremony, watched from the Galilee Porch entrance to the chapel by his girlfriend Kate Middleton, brother Prince Harry and stepmother Camilla.

Britons favour Prince William over his father Charles as their next monarch, with widespread approval for William`s girlfriend boosting his ratings, a poll shows.

More than half of 1,000 people polled said they would prefer the second-in-line to be the next to take the throne.

Prince William`s popularity is greatest among the younger generation, with 70 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds favouring him as the next king, compared to just 47 percent of 55- to 64-year-olds.

The groundswell of support appears to have been helped by his rekindled romance with Kate Middleton.

Only 18 percent of those surveyed think she would not make a good addition to the royal family.

The Post Chronicle