LONDON -- Prince William, second in line to the throne and father of the world’s most celebrated newborn, is giving up active duty in the British military for a life devoted to charity and public service, the royal family announced Thursday.
The prince, 31, is completing a 7-year tour as a rescue pilot based in Wales. Leaving the armed forces will allow William to become, in effect, a full-time royal representative dedicated to shaking hands, cutting ribbons, promoting worthy causes and generally preparing for the day he will be king.
The announcement by palace officials came less than two months after William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, became parents for the first time. The birth of their son, Prince George, made front-page headlines worldwide; royal diaper changes are now regular tabloid fodder.
The palace said in a statement that William would concentrate over the next year on the work of his charitable foundation and would expand his activities related to environmental conservation.
William "is currently considering a number of options for public service," the palace said.
-- The Los Angeles Times