British royals Prince William and Prince Harry grew up in the spotlight and were thrust even more into it after the death of their mother, Princess Diana, in 1997. The two brothers seem to have weathered the attention by supporting each other.
In a 2005 BBC interview, Harry said it’s “amazing how close” he and William have become.
“Ever since our mother died, obviously we were close, but he is the one person on this earth who I can actually really … we can talk about anything,” he said. “We understand each other and we give each other support.”
Here’s a photographic highlight of the royal brothers’ sweet relationship over the years.
Prince William Is Born
Prince William was born on June 21, 1982, just under a year after his parents — Prince Charles and Princess Diana — wed in the wedding of the decade on July 29, 1981.
Prince Harry Is Born
Prince William was born June 21, 1982, and his brother, Harry, followed on Sept. 15, 1984. In this photo, William is leaving the hospital with his nanny after meeting his new baby brother for the first time. How sweet!
Prince Willaim Hams It Up
In this photo, the elder prince hams it up for the British royal family on Dec. 21, 1984, as they prepare to take photos in honor of 3-month-old Harry’s christening.
The photo was taken at Windsor Castle, with Queen Elizabeth II seated next to Princess Diana, baby Harry and Prince Charles. The queen mother, Elizabeth’s mom, sits to her right.
The royal brothers have taken many trips together, but this one in May 1985 was one of their early jaunts. The two brothers are shown reunited with their parents on the Royal Yacht Brittania in Venice, Italy, after a couple weeks of separation. William can be seen waving to onlookers and the press from the boat.
During an Oct. 4, 1985, photo session at their Kensington Palace home, William and Harry mimicked playing the piano in an adorable moment caught on film.(Photo by Tim Graham/Getty Images)