Prince William made a surprising announcement today (Thursday) confirming he is ending his seven and a half year military career. The 31 year old, who is second in line to the throne behind his father, will take on additional royal duties and focus on his charity work, Clarence House confirmed in a press release. "He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a program of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge," the Palace confirms. It was widely (and now obviously erroneously) reported the duke would take a London-based Army position delaying his full-time royal duties.
Over the next year, Prince William will work closely with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will also expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species. In fact, on the same day as announcing he will retire from the military, the Palace confirms the duke will be President of United for Wildlife, bringing together leading conservation organizations with the Royal Foundation. He was also in London today where he met with David Beckham and Yao Ming to film two conservation PSAs for WildAid.
Prince William will also continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces. "The Duke is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course," the Palace reveals.
The Palace also confirms -- in a brief footnote -- that Kate Middleton, Prince William and Prince George will move into their official royal residence at Kensington Palace "in the next few weeks."