Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Cowboy Prince

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

In honor of the upcoming Royal Wedding between Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton, here's a recollection of when William, aged 10, spent a vacation on a ranch in Montana -- incognito.

The article in the Great Falls Tribune recalls the young prince's "stint as a cowboy."
When details of the young prince's trip to Montana surfaced a week after his departure, the ranch was hounded by tabloids. British tabloids even flew reporters to the state. One headline read, "Willy the Kid: Cowboy prince is king of the wild frontier," according to an Associated Press story at the time

The book "Diana's Boys: William and Harry and the Mother They Loved" by Christopher Andersen recounted Prince William's week in Montana, saying "even the most grizzled ranch hands" were impressed with the boy, who could lasso a steer by the end of his stay and was a hero to the other children for his riding and shooting skills.

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