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Prince William to walk away from pilot role

Prince William's career as a military search-and-rescue pilot is coming to an end after just three years.

The Duke of Cambridge trained to be a helicopter pilot in 2009 and joined the Royal Air Force's search-and-rescue unit the following year (10), graduating in September that year.

He has been based with his unit in Anglesey, Wales ever since, but following the birth of his son Prince George last month (Jul13) the second-in-line to the throne has decided on a career change when his current deployment ends.

On Wednesday (14Aug13) he paid a visit to the Welsh island for an annual agricultural show, and told locals his "mentally demanding" job as a pilot has been made even more tough since he became a father.

It is not known if the prince will seek out an alternative role in the British military or concentrate on his official state work.