And He Shaved!
01.17.14 1:26 PM ET
Prince Harry Shaves, And Trades Combat For Desk Job And Aims To Bring Warrior Games To London
Prince Harry is to give up his job flying helicopters in battle combat situations and instead take on a London bound desk job organizing ceremonial events. He wil be based in London, so expect to see him out with Cressida much more often.
And, judging from this instagram image, it appears he might have finally shaved off his holiday beard as he prepares to take on his new role.
One of his principal aims in his new job is said to be to bring the US-based Warrior Games to the UK.
Today an official spokesman for British Prime Minister David Cameron strongly welcomed "the involvement of Prince Harry" in plans to develop the Warrior Games in the UK.
The Prince, 29, will now be trading remote army bases for the more convivial environment of London, with an office in Horse Guards in the center of town.
Kensington Palace said his new responsibilities, "will include helping to cooperate significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army in London."
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the Prince hopes to be able to bring to London the Warrior Games, the Paralympic style event for injured serviceman that he attended in the US last year, playing volleyball with a team of wounded US vets.
The source added: "If the Warrior Games does come to London that would be a special project that would involve the Army, so the Prince would be involved in that. But his responsibility would be in line with his rank as a captain, so he would not be in charge of the whole thing."
David Cameron's official spokesman told a Westminster media briefing today: "I think the Prime Minister has already, last year when announcements were made with regard to seeking to set up the Warrior Games, expressed his clear and strong support for that, strongly welcoming the involvement of Prince Harry. The Government's support for this initiative is already well-known."
Lieutenant Colonel Tom de la Rue, who commanded Prince Harry in the Army Air Corps, said in a statement issued by Harry's office: "Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan and, in the process, has proved to be a real inspiration to the many Army Air Corps officers and soldiers who have come to know him so well over the last two years."
The Prince's new role will be a marked departure from his all-action career in the Army so far. He has completed two front line tours of Afghanistan.
The fourth in line to the British throne spent more than three years serving as an Apache helicopter pilot.