The Royal Air Force announced on Thursday that Prince William has been relieved from his duties after successfully completing seven years of military service. As per the military's announcement, William has completed the operational phase and now can go back and handle the royal duties.
It looks like William will get ample time to spend with wife Kate and their 2-month-old royal son Prince George. Military service was an exciting phase in William's life - he piloted a Sea King helicopter under stressful conditions, helped mountaineers and mariners in Wales. Serving the military forces is a traditional rite for senior royals and William served in the Army and then in the Royal Air Force, from where he retired.
Air Chief Marshal Andrew Pulford praised Prince William's service in the Royal Air Force. He said that he had been a vital part of the search and rescue force for the past three years, as reported by Huffington Post.
"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," Pulford revealed. "He has earned the respect of all who have worked with him as a highly professional and competent pilot."
William started his military career as an officer cadet at Sandhurst military academy in 2006. Three years later, he started search and rescue helicopter training and has the Royal Air Force rank of Flight Lieutenant.
All in all, the prince has participated in 156 search and rescue operations, rescuing 149 people. He has, successfully, completed more than 1,300 flying hours.
William spent his military days on the rural island of Anglesey and was able to live peacefully with fellow military colleagues and residents. Kate and William lived in a rented home in Anglesey, and the couple was able to lead a peaceful life without attracting unnecessary attention.
According to the palace, William is now set to embark on a different mission and "expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species" and would work alongside charities for children and veterans, as reported by Huffington Post.
It has also been stated that the royal couple will move into an apartment at Kensington Palace, London.
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