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Saturday 12 July 2014

Prince William quitting RAF role

Prince William

Prince William is said to be quitting his role with the Search and Rescue Force at Royal Air Force Valley to focus on other royal engagements.

The heir to the British throne is expecting his first child with wife Catherine Middleton in July and will complete his final tour with the RAF this summer.

The 30-year-old royal is apparently eager to take on new responsibilities.

"William is ready to take on new challenges - as a royal and within the armed forces," a source told Us Weekly. “[He] will be making an announcement within the next month and leave RAF Valley around the time of the birth."

It was announced on Tuesday that Britain's search and rescue helicopter service is to be privatised, after being operated by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for more than 50 years.

Texas-based firm Bristow made the winning bid to operate Britain's "SAR".

"The decision as to what the Duke will do once his current tour with the Search and Rescue Force comes to an end in late summer is still with the Duke himself," the press officer for the Duke of Cambridge explained.

He and the Duchess of Cambridge have been taking time out at their Anglesey cottage according to another insider who claims, "She is feeling great at the moment".

Catherine has been staying at their Kensington Palace residence in London while William attended to various engagements.

"William wishes he could be there with Kate more, but it's not possible every day. They make it work as best they can," a source revealed. "She has been working away on a photo project that she's not telling anyone about yet."

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