Britain’s Prince William has left the Armed Forces.
It had been widely reported that the 31-year-old royal was planning to focus on his charity work following the birth of his and wife The Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George in July.
It has now been confirmed that William completed his final shift as a search and rescue pilot on Tuesday, following seven years in the military.
“His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to leave operational service in the Armed Forces,” a statement read.
“He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a program of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge.”
Among the projects the prince will now focus on will be promoting the need to look after endangered species.
He will continue royal engagements, but it is unlikely his public duties will increase by much.
The next 12 months are apparently being viewed as a “transitional year”, according to Sky News, after which there will be confirmation of what William has decided.
“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 Duke is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course,” the statement continued.
Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford has praised William’s work as a search and rescue pilot.
“Throughout his tour, his airmanship, often in the most demanding of conditions, has contributed directly to saving lives in the mountains of North Wales and from the ravages of the Irish Sea,” he told Sky News.
“He has earned the respect of all who have worked with him as a highly professional and competent pilot.”
William, Catherine and Prince George will take up residence in Kensington Palace within the next few weeks.
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