LONDON — After more than seven years of service as a guards officer and pilot, Prince William is ending his military service to focus on charitable work and conservation issues, particularly the protection of endangered species, the royal family said on Thursday.
The announcement came less than two months after his wife, the former Kate Middleton, gave birth to a baby boy, Prince George. William’s departure from the military seemed to signal a major lifestyle change, ending the couple’s remote existence on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where William, second in line to the throne, is a helicopter search-and-rescue pilot.
Royal officials were quoted in British media as saying the prince planned a “transitional” year and would make a formal announcement about his future role within 12 months.
The timing of the move was not specified, but the statement said the family is “expected to move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks.” He was reported to have completed his last shift as a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot on Tuesday.