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Prince William Leaving Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Job

Celebrity News Mar. 27, 2013 AT 5:30PM
Prince William Leaving  Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Job as he and pregnant wife Kate Middleton await the birth of their first child Prince William Leaving Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Job as he and pregnant wife Kate Middleton await the birth of their first child Credit: Indigo/Getty

Prince William ready for a job change. The heir to the British throne, 30, has submitted his formal notice with the Search and Rescue Force at Royal Air Force Valley in Anglesey, Wales, a military source confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. The helicopter pilot's current tour with the RAF concludes this summer.

"William is ready to take on new challenges - as a royal and within the armed forces," the insider explains. Indeed, come July, William and pregnant wife Kate Middleton will take on the biggest new challenge of all: Parenthood!

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The source adds that William "will be making an announcement within the next month and leave RAF Valley around the time of the birth."

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"The decision as to what the Duke will do once his current tour with the Search and Rescue Force comes to an end in late summer is still with the Duke himself," William's press officer explained to Us when asked about the royal's career plans. (It was announced on Tuesday, March 26 that Britain's search-and-rescue helicopter service is set to be privatized, after being operated by the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force for more than 50 years. Texas-based firm Bristow scored the winning bid to operate Britain's "SAR" going forward.)

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This week, William and Kate, 31, are spending some "time together" at their Anglesey cottage, another source tells Us. It's actually the Duchess of Cambridge's first stay in Anglesey since she became pregnant late last year. "She is feeling great at the moment," the source adds.

Until now, Kate and William have endured a modified long distance scenario during the pregnancy -- with the Duchess staying behind at their Kensington Palace residence in London. "William wishes he could be there with Kate more, but it's not possible every day," a royal source says. "They make it work as best they can."

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During William's absences, the mom-to-be has been tending to her charity engagements and patronages -- and honing her Photoshop skills. "She has been working away on a photo project that she's not telling anyone about yet," the source says.

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