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Remember When Prince William Was a Superhot Teen Idol?

Jun 21 2016 - 9:40am

Want to feel old? If you were born in the '80s, you probably remember pining over Prince William, who turns 34 today, while you were growing up. Just like Justin Timberlake [1] or Andrew Keegan, William dominated the covers of teenybopper magazines, frequently putting his blue eyes and full head of floppy blond hair on display. In fact, William usually stole the show during outings with his younger brother, Prince Harry (well, not every time [2]). Since William has been in most of our lives for quite some time now, we will always have a soft spot for the prince. Being a doting dad [3] and loving husband [4] definitely looks good on him, but we'll never forget his heartthrob days. Let's look back on them now!

He Looked Like a Catalog Model

That hair!

He Knew Exactly How to Pose

Cream-colored sweatshirt and all.

He Could Easily Pass as James Bond in a Suit

That smile says it all.

He Had That Whole Sexy Smolder Thing Going On

Checking out girls with Prince Harry, perhaps?

Everyone Wanted to Know His Favorite Food, Music, and More

Remember those Tiger Beat features that asked heartthrobs a bunch of questions about their likes and dislikes? William filled out something similar on the occasion of his 16th and 18th birthdays, citing fast food as his favorite indulgence, watching rugby games as a favorite hobby, and techno and classical music as his favorite genres to listen to.

He Made Stamps Sexy

What we wouldn't give to have one of these now.

Like, Really Sexy

Liam Hemsworth, is that you?

His Orchestrated Photo Shoots Were Seriously Hot

On special occasions, Prince William would allow the press to photograph him in order for him to have control over the constant media attention. He explained his decision in an interview, saying, "The media have left me alone while I have been at Eton, for which I am grateful. But I knew there would be a lot of media interest in my 18th, and I didn't want a whole host of media involved. Neither did I want any distractions as I was revising for my A-levels. So, I agreed to allow one photographer and a TV cameraman to spend a little time with me at Eton."

Lucky for us, these photos were amazing, like this one taken of Wills at Eton College in 2000.

He Acted Totally Natural in Front of the Camera

The press was also allowed to snap a few shots of William on his first day of school at St. Andrews University in 2001.

And Even Let People Into His Private Group of Friends

In 2004, we got this heartthrob smile from the prince, who was captured playing some pool with his college friends.

He Knew How to Made Studying Look Good

And look how studious he was.

And Sometimes the Photos Were Goofy

At times, William's press photos were a bit cheesy — but that's what we expect from our teen idols. Here was the prince hanging out at a beach in Scotland in 2003.

And Random

He also showed off his practice golf swing.

And Confusing

Just your average prince, posing on the sand in front of some ruins.

But Always Entertaining

William ran through the water while showing off his rugby skills.

He Made Supermodels Blush

Claudia Schiffer and Wills looked good together at a charity polo match in 2002.

He Wasn't Afraid to Make a Move

It's all just too much to handle!

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