Kensington Palace announced the news in a statement earlier today (Thursday, Sept. 12).
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"His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to leave operational service in the Armed Forces," the Palace states. "He completes his Tour with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley, Anglesey, after more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service."
It remains to be seen exactly how the prince, 31, will be spending his time — beyond looking after Prince George
, who's now almost two months old. In addition to attending royal engagements with the Queen and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William is "currently considering a number of options for public service," according to the statement, and he'll "expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species."
He will be focusing on his new partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and seven top international conservation groups — United for Wildlife
, and he'll continue his charity work with children, youth and veterans.
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The Prince is getting set to move homes, as well. The statement also shares that "within the next few weeks," he and Kate, 31, are moving their new family from Bucklebury to their official residence in apartment 1A of Kensington Palace, in London.
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