Prince William hangs up his military uniform

Sep 13, 2013, 01:01 IST | Agencies

After seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service, the Duke of Cambridge will now focus on royal duties and charity work

There will be no more perilous military helicopter missions for Prince William in the rugged mountainous terrain of northern Wales

After seven-and-a-half years of military service, Prince William is leaving the armed forces to focus on royal duties and charity work, Kensington Palace said Thursday.

Tour complete: Prince William’s  final search and rescue duty was on Tuesday. File Pic

William was a pilot with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force. In the next few weeks, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife Kate with newborn George will move into their official residence at Kensington Palace.

The palace statement said that William is considering a ‘number of options’ for public service. For now, he will focus on his royal duties. He will also expand on his conservation work, dealing particularly with endangered species.

Kensington Palace announced he will become president of a new collaboration among seven environmental groups. William will also focus on charities that deal with children, veterans and service members.

William’s final search and rescue duty was on Tuesday. “He and his crew had an uneventful 24 hour shift,” the defence ministry said.

“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 has earned the respect of all who have worked with him as a highly professional and competent pilot,” the ministry said 

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