Price William to leave armed forces to focus royal and charity work

Prince William with wife Kate Middleton and son Prince George

Prince William with wife Kate Middleton and son Prince George

Kensington Palace has announced on Thursday that Prince William has completed his tour as a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot and plans to leave the armed forces after serving for more than seven years.

Prince William is the second-in-line to the British throne and became father in July. He had carried out his last shift on Tuesday and will now seeking to focus his royal duties and charity work together with the Duchess of Cambridge.

According to the reports, William, 31, is in a “transitional” year, and is considering options for his “public service”. An announcement will be made about his decision within a year.

Kensington Palace has stated: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to leave operational service in the Armed Forces.

“He completes his tour with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley, Anglesey, after more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service.

“He will continue to support the work of the Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with the Duchess of Cambridge.

“The Duke will work closely over the next 12 months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species.”

The sources from Palace have told that William will continue to work with charities dealing with children and military veterans. He plans to expand his charitable interests especially in the field of conservation and in respect of endangered species.

The couple and their son Prince George are expected to move from their Anglesey home into renovated apartments at Kensington Palace within next few weeks.

William’s brother Harry will continue to serve the military.

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