|Britain's Prince William, centre, is greeted by Major General Andrew Ritchie, the Commandant of Sandhurst, as he arrives with his father, the Prince of Wales, right, at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, southern England, at the start of his Army Officer training Sunday Jan. 8, 2005.
Prince William launched his army career on Sunday when he entered the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
Thesecond-in-lineto the British throne is following younger brother Prince Harry into the elite academy to train to become an officer.
William, 23, arrived with his father, Britain's Prince Charles, at the site in Camberley, southern England, looking a bit apprehensive on the first day of his one-year training course.
Last October William passed the Regular Commissions Board exams -- a series of tests and tasks togaugethe ability of candidates to meet the mental, physical and emotional demands facing army officers -- to gain entry to the academy.
"I am absolutely delighted to have got over the first hurdle, but I amonly toowell aware, having spoken so much to Harry, that this is just the beginning," he said.
"I am really looking forward to taking my place alongside all the other cadets at Sandhurst."
William has the prospect of eventually becoming Commander in Chief of Britain's armed forces -- the role traditionally occupied by the monarch.
The academy's commandant, General Andrew Ritchie, jokingly warned of tough times ahead.
"They have been used to working for four hours a day and sleeping for 20, and we reverse that," he said.
In 2004, when William announced he was considering joining the army, he said he would not expect or accept special treatment.
"The last thing I want to be is mollycoddled or wrapped up in cotton wool," he said. "If I was to join the army, I would want to go where my men went and I would want to do what they did."
Harry, 21, who entered Sandhurst last year and will therefore initially be senior to William, has joked that he was looking forward to his elder brother having to salute him.