Press Esc to close
Saturday 26 July 2014
News updated at 9:56 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.2°C
Min : 20.3°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Prince William leaves military for royal duties

London, Sep 12, 2013, (PTI)
File Photo.

Prince William has completed his duty as a Royal Air Force (RAF) search and rescue pilot and left the military after over seven years of service to take up royal duties and charity work.

The 31-year-old second-in-line to Britain's throne will now focus on royal duties and charity work together with wife Kate Middleton, a spokesperson for the couple's Kensington Palace home said here today.

"He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species. The duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the armed forces," the spokesperson said.

Prince William is currently considering a number of options for public service, the spokesperson added, with a further announcement to follow in due course.


The Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II's grandson, completed his final shift as an RAF search and rescue pilot on Tuesday, ending his three-year posting on Anglesey. He will continue to carry out royal engagements but is not expected to increase his number of public duties.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their July-born son Prince George are expected to move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks from Anglesey, the Welsh base where William was stationed as Flight Lieutenant William Wales.

His flying career followed that of all newly-graduated pilots, serving initially as a co-pilot before progressing through a range of qualifications to become an operational aircraft Captain in May 2012.

Since first joining the RAF, William has amassed a total of 1,301 flying hours in a variety of aircraft types, including the Tucano fixed-wing training aircraft, followed by more flying in the Squirrel, Griffin and Sea King helicopters.

Air Chief Marshal, Sir Andrew Pulford, Chief of the UK's Air Staff, praised the duke's work in the air force.

Sir Andrew said Flight Lieutenant Wales had been an "integral" part of the RAF's search and rescue force, "often in the most demanding of conditions, (he) has contributed directly to saving lives in the mountains of North Wales and from the ravages of the Irish Sea.

"He has earned the respect of all who have worked with him as a highly professional and competent pilot," he said.

As part of a farewell speech at an Anglesey Show last month, William had thanked the island's people for being so welcoming to him and his wife.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A policman in action during violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute...

A policman in action during violent clashes between two communities over a land dispute...

Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the palace of Caserta...

Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the palace of Caserta...

Scotland's Roddy Grant (R) tries to break a tackle by New Zealand's Scott Curry during men's Rugby..

Scotland's Roddy Grant (R) tries to break a tackle by New Zealand's Scott Curry during men's Rugby..

People from Vadsar village being rescued after flood at Vadodara district of south Gujarat ...

People from Vadsar village being rescued after flood at Vadodara district of south Gujarat ...

People hold national flags and watch a musical tribute to war heroes of Kargil war...

People hold national flags and watch a musical tribute to war heroes of Kargil war...

Wooden sailing boats take part in an exhibition regatta on Lake Leman near La Tour-de-Peilz...

Wooden sailing boats take part in an exhibition regatta on Lake Leman near La Tour-de-Peilz...

Protesters gather during a banned demonstration in support of Gaza in central Paris...

Protesters gather during a banned demonstration in support of Gaza in central Paris...

Bollywood actress Zarine Khan along with her ...

Bollywood actress Zarine Khan along with her ...

England bowler James Anderson arrives for a ...

England bowler James Anderson arrives for a ...

Muslim women shop for Eid festival at a market in Allahabad ...

Muslim women shop for Eid festival at a market in Allahabad ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523