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The Prince of Wales and The Duchess
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Prince Harry


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The Duke of Cambridge had a full-time military career and until September 2013 served as a fully operational RAF Search and Rescue Pilot based at RAF Valley, Anglesey, North Wales. Read the full statement released by Kensington Palace about The Duke of Cambridge leaving the RAF.

Owing to the Duke of Cambridge’s unique role in the Armed Forces given that one day he will become its Head, he also retains his commissions as officers in the Royal Navy and the Army, within the Household Cavalry.

As second in line to the Throne, The Duke attends a number of important royal occasions, such as Trooping the Colour and Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph in Central London. He undertakes royal duties in support of, and at times on behalf of, The Queen. The Duke carried out his first solo engagements representing The Queen in July 2005, as part of a private tour of New Zealand, where he attended ceremonies to mark the 60th anniversary of the Second World War in New Zealand and met veterans in Wellington and Auckland.

In January 2010, The Duke returned to New Zealand on his first official overseas visit to carry out a series of engagements, including representing The Queen at the official opening of the new Supreme Court building in Wellington.

In March 2011, The Duke again visited New Zealand and Australia on behalf of The Queen following the natural disasters in both countries. The Duke attended a National Memorial service in Christchurch and carried out other engagements to meet those affected by the Earthquake. In Australia, The Duke visited a number of areas and towns affected by the cyclone and flooding in Queensland and Victoria.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accepted an invitation from the Government of Canada to undertake a Royal Tour of the country in June 2011. Their Royal Highnesses immediately followed this tour with a short visit to California, the United States of America.

In October 2013, The Duke conducted his first investiture at Buckingham Palace on behalf of The Queen.  

The Duke also attends a number of engagements related to his charitable and other patronages in both the UK and overseas. In June 2010, The Duke and his brother Prince Harry travelled to Africa to carry out their first official joint overseas engagements, visiting Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa on behalf of Tusk Trust, Sentebale and the Football Association. The visit allowed the brothers to show their charities’ work to one another and to bring a spotlight on many inspirational projects.

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