A press release has been issued by Kensington Palace stating that after over 7 and a half years of serving with the Royal Air Force as a Search and Rescue pilot in Anglesey, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge has completed his Tour of Duty and is to leave operational services with the Armed Forces to take up Royal duties which are focused on his charity interests.
According to the press release, the Prince will still be supporting the Queen and the Royal family with a series of official Royal engagements, both at home and abroad, but he will also be working closely with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge for the next twelve months with the Royal Foundation. Prince William and Prince Harry will be following the interests of charities that are also close to their hearts, in areas of conservation and particularly with endangered species.
Clarence House has also stated that there will be further announcements regarding a number of other options Prince William has with regard to public service, which will be released in due course.
Although it has not yet been confirmed what will encompass the Duke of Cambridge’s public service, reportedly, he is not the first member of the Royal family to be engaged in the regular work force, like the majority of the population. Prince William’s uncle, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York became a trade ambassador for the United Kingdom after completing his service with the forces, but he had to quit in 2011, following a stream of scandals over his somewhat dubious business contacts, reports have claimed.
On Tuesday of this week, the prince finished his final shift with the Number 22 Squadron at Royal Air Force Valley on the isle of Anglesey. He will be moving out of the rented property he has shared with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George, and into their official residence at Kensington Palace over the next few weeks. The Queen’s estate at Sandringham will also be prepared for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as their country haven.
When in London, the couple had been staying at a cottage situated in the Kensington Palace grounds, but very soon they will be moving into the former residence of the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, Apartment 1a, as their official home.
The newly refurbished apartments at Kensington Palace also houses a ‘Granny Flat’ for the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, so that they can stay over as and when required. Besides keeping an eye on things, Mrs Middleton can once again become useful to her daughter by looking after her grandson Prince George, perhaps along with another nanny, while the couple are out on engagements, as he is currently still too young to attend.
The Duke began his military duties as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 2006. He was commissioned into the Household Cavalry by the end of the same year. He became a Lieutenant before transferring to the Royal Air Force.
In 2009, Prince William trained to become a Search and Rescue pilot and has been based at RAF Valley since 2010, becoming Flight Lieutenant Wales and fully operational as Search and Rescue pilot, flying the Sea King helicopter. Over the course of his time there, Prince William has undertaken 156 search and rescue operations, resulting in 149 successful rescues, according to the Kensington Palace press release.
Since he joined the Royal Air Force, the Duke of Cambridge has successfully completed over 1,300 flying hours.
Written by: Brucella Newman
Kensington Palace Press Release