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Queen presents Duke with Australian knighthood

Queen Elizabeth II with the Duke of Edinburgh and Australian High Commissioner Alexander Downer Credit: PA Wire

The Queen today presented her husband The Duke of Edinburgh with the insignia of his Australian knighthood.

The honour recognises Philip's contribution to the Commonwealth nation throughout the monarch's reign.

Australia's High Commissioner, Alexander Downer, was present during the ceremony in the Castle's White Drawing Room.

Philip's citation said: "For three -quarters of a century, Prince Philip has served the Crown, and the wider Commonwealth. He served originally as an officer in the Royal Navy and then as a member of the Royal Family.

"He has served Australia with distinction and is patron of over 800 organisations."

Prince William completes air ambulance pilot training early

The Duke of Cambridge has completed his air ambulance training early and will now stay on unpaid leave until after the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to the couple's second child, Kensington Palace has said.

Prince William is on unpaid leave ahead of the birth of his second baby Credit: PA

The Prince will then begin his final block of pilot training on 1st June for three weeks.

The Duke of Cambridge has completed the first phase of his in-work air ambulance helicopter pilot training with Bond Air Services earlier than anticipated.

This is due to a combination of The Duke performing well in the various modules and having very good flying conditions that allowed flight training and assessment to progress more quickly than had been planned.

...As he now will not have any further training to complete after returning from paternity leave, he will not return to duties with Bond until that time, and will remain on unpaid leave until then.

– Kensington Palace spokesperson

The couple's second child is due later this month and the royals have said that they do not know whether they are having a girl or a boy.

The Palace also said that Prince Harry will make a brief trip to the UK from Turkey this weekend to attend the London Marathon as Patron of its Charitable Trust.

He will then travel to Australia privately on 27th April to begin the second phase of his military attachment to the Australian army.


Harry midway through attachment with Australian Army

Harry shakes hands with Russel Smith during a visit to the Wuggubun community in Western Australia.

Prince Harry has completed the first two weeks of an attachment with the Australian army, as his British military career nears its end.

Harry has been participating in day-to-day soldiering activitis and physical training alongside the 1st Brigade, and has also undergone flight simulation training.

Prince Harry passes the ball during a game of wheelchair AFL at the Soldier Recover Centre in Darwin. Credit: CPL Oliver Carter/Australian Defence Force/PA Wire

His attachment has also included time in an armed reconnaissance helicopter, and after meeting with wounded and, injured and ill soldiers he joined in a game of wheelchair Australian Football League.

He also met with members of the Wuggubun community during time on duty with the North-West Mobile Force in western Australia.

Harry, a captain in the Army, will continue his four-week attachment with the Australian Defence Force after Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey, before leaving the British military after ten years' service.

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