PRINCE William is to spend three years asking junior members of the armed forces what it is they do.
Clarence House said the young prince will begin his tour of the nation's military facilities once he has finished asking the ski instructors and waiting staff of Klosters what it is they do.
A spokesman said: "As our future Head of State it is important that Prince William is able to find out what people do, how long they've been doing it and what they like most about it."
The spokesman added: "This will be a testing time for the prince.
"Accordingly his annual holiday entitlement has been reduced from 46 weeks to 38 weeks."
Meanwhile the prince's girlfriend Kate Middleton is helping William prepare for his new role, according to a senior Palace source.
"Kate will dress up as a policewoman or a nurse or a cowgirl and William will ask what it is she does. And then she does it."
After his military service the future King will spend a year as a vicar asking people in the Church of England what they do and whether they have any funny stories about God.
He will then follow in his father's footsteps by asking everyone in Wales and Cornwall what they do, before settling down to develop a long list of ill-informed opinions about architecture and the national curriculum.