LONDON — Prince William is to leave the military after more than seven years of service, Kensington Palace has announced.
The Duke of Cambridge completed his final shift as an RAF search and rescue pilot on Tuesday.
He will now focus on royal duties and charity work together with the Duchess of Cambridge, a palace spokesman said.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George are expected to move from their Anglesey home to Kensington Palace within the next few weeks.
The BBC’s royal correspondent, Peter Hunt, tweeted that royal officials said the next 12 months would be “transitional” for Prince William. He will not become a “full time royal” at this stage, they said.
The duke, with the Duchess of Cambridge, will continue to support the work of the Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements – both at home and overseas, the palace added.
He plans to expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species, through the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
The foundation has partnered with seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations under “United for Wildlife”, a long-term commitment to preserve the world’s natural resources.
Prince William said: “The threats to our natural heritage are extensive, but I believe that this collaboration of the best minds in conservation will provide the impetus for a renewed commitment and action to protect endangered species and habitats for future generations.
“At the root of the illegal wildlife trade, for example, is the demand for products that require the deaths of tens of thousands of these animals every year, pushing them further towards extinction.
“We must work together to prevent this catastrophe and allow our children the opportunity to experience wildlife in its many beautiful and varied forms.” (BBC)