Prince William announces he is officially leaving the military

Prince William over the years
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Prince William announces he is officially leaving the military
February 1983
Diana, Princess of Wales, holding an infant Prince William.
February 1983
He was a very expressive baby! Check out those two little chompers in the front.
December 1983
Always keep your ABC's close on hand, we say.
June 1984
William was too cute for words in these bright blue overalls.
May 1985

Just a kid, hangin' at Kensington Palace...

July 1986
William with his pony named "Smokey" at home, wearing a sweet Mickey Mouse sweatshirt.
January 1987
Ready for school, mom! William heads off to Wetherby School in London, dressed in his head-to-toe uniform.
June 1987
William's shorts match the bright red strawberries he carries, looking delighted at a polo match.
December 1988
Elegance starts at a very young age: William attends a Christmas service in a tie and peacoat.
July 1989
William looks on during Carter International Polo Day, starting to look grown up!
October 1991
William wears a Canadian tuxedo, denim from head to toe while visiting Toronto.
August 1995
William smiles at the camera, watching the Parade of Veterans in London.
June 1996
The Prince wearing his Eton school uniform at a tea party for the students.
August 1997
Prince William relaxing on the banks of the River Dee, dressed in casual jeans, boat shoes and a plaid shirt.
July 1999
William steps out of a Ford Focus wearing jeans and a sweater.
September 2000
William relaxes at Highgrove with his father, Prince Charles.
December 2000
Wills rocks a pair of wellies while repairing walkways in Southern Chile.
September 2001
William arrives for his first day at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
May 2003
William puts models to shame with this photoshoot of him on the beach -- playing rugby in his favorite casual look: a button up, sweater, and jeans.
June 2003
A big sports buff, Polo is one of William's favorite games.
June 2003
Prince William is photographed in St. James Palace, a portrait released for his 21st birthday.
May 2004
William visits a farm nearby his home in Gloucestershire, the Duchy Home Farm, wearing a tweed cap and waxed jacket.
July 2005
William attends a wreath laying ceremony in New Zealand, looking very sharp for the occasion.
June 2006
William is looking quite dapper for the Queen's 80th birthday celebration.
May 2007
William attends the Combined Calvary Parade in Hyde Park, London, wearing a grey suit and bowler hat.
June 2009
Prince William decked out in his uniform during his military helicopter training course at RAF Shawbury.
January 2010
William took an unofficial visit to Australia, watching soldiers fire their weapons in a blue button up and dark slacks.
October 2010
A duo that always looks great (especially at weddings!), then-girlfriend Kate Middleton attends a friend's ceremony alongside William.
November 2010
After dating for 8 years, William and Kate announced their engagement, both dressed sharply in dark blues.
April 2011
It was a wedding for the ages, and photos of this day -- and what they were wearing -- are timeless images of a royal love story.
July 2011
Quite the change! The pair wear cowboy boots and hats for a visit to the Calgary Stampede in Canada.
July 2011
The Duke and Duchess attended the BAFTA Awards, dressed to the nines.
July 2012
Dressed much more casually (but still perfectly put together) the duo visited Bacon's College with Prince Harry.
December 2012
Baby news! Kate's morning sickness at the beginning of pregnancy forced the couple to reveal to the world quite early that they were expecting.  The pair glowed in matching blues as she headed home from the hospital.
June 2013
Ahh, Princely duties. Just weeks before his first baby arrives, Wills attends the Order of the Garter Service, complete with traditional garb and large feathers.
May 2016

Prince William looks dashing at The Audi Polo Challenge.

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June 2016

William and his family attend the Trooping the Colour ceremony with the rest of the royal family.

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June 2016

Prince William gets all dolled up for the annual Order of The Garter Service at St George's Chapel.

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June 2016

Hats, please! Duchess Kate and Prince William attend day 2 of Royal Ascot.

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The Palace announced today that after seven years, Prince William is officially leaving the military. While in his post as an RAF pilot William rescued 149 people, and has said of the role that "there is no greater calling in life."

Prince William will focus on his royal duties and charity work over the next year, including his passion for conservation. We may not know his official role until 2014, but he'll be stepping more into the public life with Kate by his side.

The palace statement said: "He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge. The Duke will work closely over the next twelve months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species. The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces."

According to BBC's Peter Hunt, the Palace also wanted to be clear that Wills is not becoming a full time royal, but is entering a period of transition. The Cambridges are currently in London for a charity ball tonight in support of the Tusk Trust, and will move into their Kensington Palace apartment in the next few weeks as renovations come to a close.

So with William leaving the military and deciding to focus more on his charity work and royal duties, one thing is clear: we'll be seeing a lot more of him and Kate. Starting tonight, she'll glide back into public life at a glamorous dinner, and we can't wait to see what she wears!

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