By Mirembe Martina
New dad, Prince William has quit the army.
The 31-year-old Duke of Cambridge has finished his final duties as a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the RAF, Kensington Palace announced today. He has left his operational duties in the Armed Forces as he goes on to expand his charitable interests, particularly in the field of conservation and endangered species.
Prince William carried out his last operational shift on Tuesday is expected to continue carrying out royal engagements though they are not expected to increase his number of public duties. According to sources, he is in a ‘transitional’ year and is considering options for his ‘public service’.
An announcement will be made about his decision within the next 12 months.
Kensington Palace in a statement said, “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 Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces.”