People Magazine
Updated June 21, 2018
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Prince William is celebrating his 36th birthday on June 21st by marking an important milestone for armed forces members.

The former RAF search and rescue pilot was on-hand at the official unveiling of a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation center for injured servicemen and women.

The Defense and National Rehabilitation Centre is located on a country estate near Loughborough, Nottinghamshire, an hour north of London. The $400 million funding for the treatment facility was kick-started with a donation of $90 million from William’s godfather, the sixth Duke of Westminster, who initially came up with the idea for the project. He died in 2016.

His son, the current Duke, is a godfather to William’s son Prince George and was in attendance at Thursday’s event along with senior U.K. government figures, including Prime Minister Theresa May.

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In a speech, William revealed that his work with the Defense and National Rehabilitation Centre has given him some street cred with son George.

Prince George, 4, is a fan of all things that go “vroom.” For Christmas last year, he asked Santa for a police car. And his favorite toy as a toddler was a ride-on fire engine.

Like his brother, Prince Harry, 33, William puts the welfare and rehabilitation of armed forces members and veterans at the center of his public life. Patients will start to be treated at the center by the end of this year.