Prince William Leaves The Armed Forces

Kensington Palace announced on Thursday that Prince William’s operational tour with the military is complete.  After almost eight years of service to the armed forces, of which he will one day head, the Duke of Cambridge will start the next chapter of his royal life.

Though it’s important to stress that he will not become a “full-time royal,” the Duke will represent Queen Elizabeth at several engagements, as well as devote more time to his charities.

William, according to Kensington Palace, “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.”

William will also expand his work with conservation, and has created a new partnership, “United for Wildlife” to further protect the cause.  He will serve as President of the organization, which has been designed as a “long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations,” according to the Palace.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George (and Lupo) will move into the fully renovated Apartment 1A within the next few weeks.  Scaffolding at the historic Kensington Palace has been removed, and the Duchess was seen making a roadside stop earlier this week en route to London.

Tonight, the Duke and Duchess will be guests of honor at the Tusk Conservation Awards.