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Duchess of Cambridge admits worry whilst William served in Anglesey

The Duchess of Cambridge has spoken publicly for the first time about how she felt on edge when Prince William was a pilot based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.

"I loved my time in Anglesey when William was serving with RAF Search and Rescue. I cannot pretend that I didn't feel anxious at times when William was on shift in howling gales, knowing that he was out flying in extremely challenging conditions, but he loved doing it and I always felt incredibly proud of him. I also knew that I was not alone and that there were many supportive Search and Rescue wives on Anglesey and at other bases across the country."

– Duchess of Cambridge

Her comments are part of a foreword to a book by three former RAF wives about what it's like to be a serving pilot's other half.

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William was 'integral part' of RAF search and rescue

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

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Duke in 'transitional year' after military exit

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. Credit: Empics
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William leaves operational service in the armed forces

Prince William pictured piloting a search and rescue helicopter. Credit: PA

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.

Duke and Duchess bid farewell to Anglesey

The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance since the birth of her baby as she joined Prince William, starting a charity endurance marathon on Anglesey.

Baby George didn't make the trip, but as his father's time at RAF Valley, and in Wales comes to an end, hundreds of people did turn out to see the couple before they leave Wales for good. Ian Lang reports.

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Kate and William share a joke on Anglesey visit

William and Kate share a joke.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed and happy as they shared a joke with runners in Anglesey.

William and Kate meet some of the marathon runners ahead of the race.

Wearing a tweed jacket and slim black trousers the Kate laughed as she met some of the runners and their families and volunteers before the start of the ultra marathon.

William and Kate meet some of the marathon runners ahead of the race.

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Surprise Kate visit marks royal farewell to Welsh home

The Duchess of Cambridge's decision to join her husband at the launch of an ultra-marathon today was a surprise and her attendance was only revealed this morning.

The royal couple have lived on Anglesey for years and have always spoken of their love of the island.

Surprise Duchess of Cambridge appearance marks royal farewell to Anglesey home. Credit: Phil Noble/PA Wire

William said a public goodbye a fortnight ago as he confirmed his young family would be leaving their Welsh home and moving "elsewhere" when his posting comes to an end this month, having completed his three-year tour as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot based at RAF Valley on Anglesey.

The Duke is widely expected to leave north Wales and return to London with Kate and their baby son to take on more royal duties rather than stay in the service.

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Duchess' first appearance since birth of Prince George

The Duchess of Cambridge will make her first public appearance since the birth of Prince George today as she joins husband William at the start of a marathon event on Anglesey.

The Duke of Cambridge is making one of his final public engagements on Anglesey as the new father's time on the island comes to an end.

The Duke will be joined by the Duchess of Cambridge but without Prince George. Credit: Michael Middleton/PA

William will be joined by Kate as he starts the gruelling, three-day annual "ultra" marathon run around the coast of the island, known as the Ring O' Fire.

The Duke and Duchess will meet some of the runners and their families and volunteers before the start - but the couple will not be bringing the royal baby.

The annual event is a 135-mile foot race around the rugged coast of Anglesey, staged over three days and including 13,695 feet of ascent.

The last time the Duchess was seen in public was the day after the birth of Prince George.

Duke of Cambridge to start Anglesey Ultra Marathon

A break from family duties: The Duke of Cambridge to start ultra marathon Credit: Michael Middleton/PA

The Duke of Cambridge will start the Ring O'Fire Anglesey Coastal Ultra Marathon on Anglesey later. The Ultra Marathon is an annual 135 mile coastal marathon circumnavigating the Isle of Anglesey. The foot race is staged over three days and follows the Anglesey Coastal Path around the island.

Prince William will meet a number of runners and their families and a selection of volunteers involved in the administration of the race before officially starting the Ultra Marathon.

The 135 mile distance and 13,695 feet of vertical ascent makes the Ring O' Fire one of the most extreme ultra marathons in the United Kingdom.

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