Prince William returns to his former workplace in new royal role after King Charles
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Prince William returns to his former workplace in new royal role after King Charles

The Prince of Wales visited the Royal Air Force base where he worked as a helicopter pilot for three years



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Prince William arrives at RAF Valley in Anglesey on July 9, 2024.

Prince William has returned to work in Wales.

On Tuesday 9 July, the 42-year-old Prince of Wales was pictured making his first visit to RAF Valley on rainy Anglesey as the Royal Honorary Air Commodore of the Royal Air Force station. It was announced that King Charles had appointed him Air Commodore in August 2023.

It was a return to a familiar setting for Prince William, as it was there that he was based during the early years of his marriage to Kate Middleton. The prince was based at RAF Valley, working as an RAF search and rescue pilot between 2010 and 2013.

RAF Valley is the only Royal Air Force base in Wales and home to No. 4 Flying Training School, tasked with training the next generation of fighter pilots and preparing aircrew for mountain and maritime operations around the world.

During his visit, the Prince of Wales toured the centre and met with staff to learn more about their daily activities and life at RAF Valley, which is the island’s second-largest employer, and interacted with families of those stationed there. William began in the air traffic control tower, where he checked out the control rooms and heard about the ongoing $56 million project to renovate the base’s second runway.



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Prince William at RAF Valley

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He then moved to the Fire and Rescue Station, where he met with crew members and took part in a simulated fire response exercise. The Division provides year-round airfield and firefighting structure fire protection for RAF Valley, as well as continued support to the station’s rescue landing site, RAF Mona.

The Crown Prince then spent time with engineers, flight instructors and trainees before presenting the Prince of Wales Award. The annual award is given to the best Qualified Flight Instructor in Category 4 and this year it was received by Flight Lieutenant Jake Fleming.

In a key meeting, Prince William met members of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service, which is constantly called upon to assist with search and rescue, aircraft management following accidents and incidents, and mountain medical assistance. The Prince heard about the team’s experience in providing life-saving support in the area.

Prince William returns to his former workplace in new royal role after King CharlesPrince William returns to his former workplace in new royal role after King Charles

JOHN STILLWELL/AFP via Getty Prince William is pictured in 2011 at the controls of a Sea King helicopter during an exercise at Holyhead Mountain, flown in from RAF Valley

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Prince William began his military flying career in 2009, joining C Flight, 22 Squadron as Flight Lieutenant Wales (a reference to the title of Prince of Wales, then held by King Charles and now held by William) at RAF Valley in September 2010. He served for three years as a search and rescue pilot, during which he completed 156 search and rescue missions, had a routine operational deployment to the Falkland Islands and qualified as an operations captain, according to his royal bio.

The Prince of Wales left operational duties in the Armed Forces in September 2013, shortly after the birth of his first child, Prince George. He later retrained as an air ambulance pilot and worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance from 2015 to 2017.



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Prince William in the air traffic control tower at RAF Valley

Prince William and Duchess Kate’s special bond with Wales deepened as King Charles announced in his first speech as monarch that his eldest son and daughter-in-law had been created the Prince and Princess of Wales. The traditional titles have been awarded to the heir to the throne and his wife for centuries, and a royal source told PEOPLE that the couple were focused on “deepening the trust and respect of the people of Wales over time.”

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Chris Jackson/Getty Prince William and Kate Middleton in Wales in September 2022.Chris Jackson/Getty Prince William and Kate Middleton in Wales in September 2022.

Chris Jackson/Getty Prince William and Kate Middleton in Wales in September 2022.

The couple visited Wales for the first time since the Prince and Princess of Wales took the throne as soon as they were able to do so on 27 September 2022, the day after the end of the royal family’s period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth.

“He’s throwing himself into this new role,” Pastor Steven Bunting, who hosted the couple at St. Thomas’ Church in Swansea, told PEOPLE. “The fact that they came straight away on the first day says it all.”

Prince William attended his latest engagement event in Wales alone, while Kate Middleton, 42, has been privately prioritizing her health out of the spotlight. The Princess of Wales is still undergoing cancer treatment and attended her first royal event of the year at Trooping the Colour on June 15.

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