Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

William and Kate to leave Wales

The Duke of Cambridge during the falconry display as he attends the Anglesey Show in North Wales
The Duke of Cambridge attends the Anglesey Show in North Wales

The Duke of Cambridge has said goodbye to Wales as he confirmed he would be leaving his Anglesey home and moving "elsewhere" when his RAF posting comes to an end next month.

William has almost completed his three-year tour of duty as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot and is widely expected to return to London with Kate and baby son Prince George to take on more royal duties rather than stay in the service.

He spoke about his future as he attended the Anglesey Show and joked about his young son.

The Duke, 31, said: "I have to say that I thought search and rescue duties over Snowdonia were physically and mentally demanding, but looking after a three-week-old baby is up there.

"I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.

"The views across the Menai Straits are undoubtedly among the most stunning in the British Isles. I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my search and rescue tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere."

An announcement on William's future in the military is expected in the coming weeks as his posting to RAF Valley on Anglesey will be completed at the end of next month.

RAF search and rescue pilots can remain at their base for a second tour of duty or opt for a posting at another base, but it is widely thought William will return to his regiment, the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, which will allow him to carry out more royal engagements in support of the Queen.

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