10:58 am, Thu 12 Sep 2013
Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford issued a glowing endorsement of the Duke of Cambridge's time in the RAF:
Flight Lieutenant Wales has been an integral part of the Royal Air Force’s Search and Rescue Force, as a Sea King pilot on No. 22 Squadron, based at Royal Air Force Valley for the past three years.
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.
– Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford
10:29 am, Thu 12 Sep 2013
The Duke of Cambridge will continue to carry out royal engagements but is not expected to increase his number of public duties.
The second in line to the throne is in a "transitional" year, sources have said, and is considering options for his "public service", an announcement will be made about his decision within the next 12 months.
Prince George was born in July.
10:22 am, Thu 12 Sep 2013
Prince William pictured piloting a search and rescue helicopter.
The Duke of Cambridge has completed his tour as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot and left operational service in the Armed Forces, Kensington Palace announced today.
William carried out his last shift on Tuesday and is now working towards expanding his core charitable interests particularly in the field of conservation of endangered species.
Video: William meets teenager he rescued last year