Prince William prepares to leave his helicopter job as increased royal duties beckon. Credit KensingtonRoyal Twitter.
Prince William prepares to leave his helicopter job as increased royal duties beckon. Credit KensingtonRoyal Twitter.

ROYALS: Palace confirms role changes are afoot

A SEEMINGLY low-key announcement late last week by Britain's Kensington Palace, advising the Duke of Cambridge and his family are moving to the palace, indicates an important change in the British monarchy and who might next be its leader.

The Duke and his family have been living in Norfolk, close to where he works as a helicopter pilot with the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

In the English autumn (Australia's spring), he will leave that job which he said he had "loved being part of..".

As the Queen remains largely out of the public eye due to ill health, the 34-year-old Duke, who is second-in-line to the throne, is being moved into a high-profile role as he takes on various official roles on behalf of The Queen.

The official palace statement explained the change of role for the Duke: "As they have in recent years, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of The Queen and for the charities and causes they support, which will require greater time spent in London.

"Prince George will begin school in London in September and Princess Charlotte will also go to nursery and eventually school in London as well.

"His Royal Highness will finish his role with the EAAA in the summer in line with his commitment to fly with them for two years."

The Queen, who turned 90 last year, has been unwell since before Christmas, forcing her to halt her usual busy festive season activities.

In late December, her office announced she would transfer 25 of her 600 patron roles to other royal family members.

The announcement stated: "This decision follows the example set by The Duke of Edinburgh, who resigned from a number of patronages on the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2011".

Prince William's father, Prince Charles, has taken on a number of those patronages, adding to an already long list of organisations that he supports.

The next official engagement for the Queen is on January 27, when she is due to visit the Art and Life in the Pacific exhibition in Norwich.


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