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Prince William to launch new award programme

Prince William will officially launch a new awards programme while visiting a primary school in Wales.

Prince William will be visiting a primary school in Wales. Credit: PA

SkillForce's Prince William Award is aimed at helping young children between the ages of 6 and 14 to develop good character, confidence and resilience.

The Duke of Cambridge will meet with students who have participated in the award during its pilot year.

Skillforce is a national charity that works with schools, utilising the skills and experience of ex-Service veterans.

Prince William supports new junior awards scheme

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has lent his support to a new awards scheme aimed at helping youngsters with skills like communication and teamwork.

SkillForce has launched the Junior Prince's Award, for 9 to 11-year-olds, to help them transition from primary to secondary school.

Some of the first pupils to complete the course are from Caldicot School, and Castle Park Primary School.

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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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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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