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Breaking: Prince William Quits The Army, Moves To Kensington Palace

William leaves the army and prepares to move with his young family into Kensington Palace, and take on more official duties.

09.12.13 10:23 AM ET

After rescuing 149 people in various states of distress, from stranded walkers to shipwrecked sailors, Prince William is quitting his job with the RAF and leaving the army. He will devote more of his life to public service and charities, and we can also expect to see a lot more of Kate, who will be 'supporting' him in his new role.  After a slow introduction to Royal life, with just a few engagements annually, the new mom now appears to be ready to step up to a more full time role.

HRH Flt Lt William Wales is pictured at RAF Valley after successfully qualifying as a Search And Rescue Operational Captain.   

Flt Lt Wales has passed the tests that now see him qualified as a Search And Rescue Operational Captain, allowing him to lead rescues in a Royal Air Force Sea King helicopter in all weathers, day or night.
 The operational captaincy check, which involved ground and air based practical tests spread over a two-day period, is a culmination of nearly two years of flying experience and study on C Flight, since joining 22 Squadron based at RAF Valley in Anglesey.
 The airborne test scenarios involved a search for a yacht in trouble, followed by a search for people in the water. William and his crew then had to put a simulated fire out on a large survey vessel before being tasked to search for two missing kayakers. One of the ‘dummy’ kayakers had to be rushed to hospital with the Winchman conducting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage en-route.
 With the airborne tests successfully completed, William and his crew were then tasked to a real-life rescue operation where a rig worker with chest pains was transferred from 30 miles off the Lancashire coast to Blackpool hospital.
 Officer Commanding 22 Squadron and William’s examiner, Wg Cdr Mark ‘Sparky’ Dunlop said, 
 ‘’Flt Lt Wales demonstrated the required standards needed for the award of Operation Captaincy. Due to the nature of search and rescue operations, the required standards are always set at a very high level. Operational Captaincy carries the overarching responsibility for the safety of the aircraft, its crew and any casualties.”  
 Achieving operational captaincy is a significant milestone in the career of any co-pilot and as a Search And Rescue Sea King Captain, Flt Lt Wales will have the responsibility of all the significant decisions whilst his aircraft is on SAR operations and for his three fellow crewmen.
 Operational captaincy of the SAR Sea King is a highly responsible position and co-pilots are intensely scrutin

SAC Faye Storer

The couple are moving to Kensington Palace with their young baby, Prince George, news that will be very welcome among Britain's Royal press pack which has been starved of Kate content since the couple hid themselves away in the Welsh countryside.

The palace made the announcement this morning, but William has resisted calls to declare himself a 'full-time' royal, with the palace saying that he "is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course". However, it was made clear that we can expect to see a lot more of William and Kate over the next year as they up their official duties.
The palace statement said, "He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke will work closely over the next twelve months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species. The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces."

The statement also provided clarification on the young royals living arrangements, saying "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George are expected to move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks."

William started his full-time military duties as an Officer Cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in January 2006. He commissioned into the Household Cavalry in December 2006. He became a Lieutenant in The Blues and Royals before transferring his commission to the Royal Air Force. He has been based at RAF Valley since January 2010, where as Flight Lieutenant Wales he has served as a fully operational Search and Rescue pilot flying the Sea King helicopter.

In this time, he has undertaken a total of 156 search and rescue operations, resulting in 149 people being rescued, the palace said.