Prince William, who became a father for the first time in July, is to step down from the military and will focus on his charity and royal duties for the immediate future, his office said on Thursday (September 12).

William, 31, second in line to the throne, has been working as a search and rescue helicopter pilot with Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) in north Wales and has spent 7-1/2 years in the armed forces.

A spokeswoman for the Prince said he was considering options for a future role in public service and will not be going into full-time royal duties yet.

Most pressing for William will be his role as a father following the recent birth of son Prince George, while he and wife Kate are due to move into their official renovated residence at London's Kensington Palace in the next few weeks.

William, known as Flight Lieutenant Wales to his colleagues, began military life in the army as a lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals before joining the RAF.

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