Prince Harry of England has officially ended his 10-year military career by retiring the British Army. The British prince had a successful military career which saw him do two tours of duty on the front lines of Afghanistan.
Kensington Palace released a statement saying, “The prince has had a fulfilling military career and considers it a huge honor to have served his country in the Armed Forces.”
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 19, 2015
Prince Harry, 30, announced in March that he plans to retire because he wanted to spend more time helping wounded service members, battling AIDS and working with other charities he has worked closely with over the years.
The palace also said, “Prince Harry has said that work in the service of military personnel throughout the Commonwealth will be a permanent feature of his royal and charitable duties for the rest of his life.”
His retirement also will allow him to continue supporting the work of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, through official engagements domestically and abroad.
Prince Harry joined the British Army in May 2005. He was first deployed to Afghanistan in late 2007 as a forward air controller. He was promoted to lieutenant in April 2008 and spent three years working his way up to become an Apache Aircraft Commander. He served his second operational tour of Afghanistan from September 2012 through January 2013.
In January 2014, he left his job as an Apache helicopter pilot to take a staff officer role in London, where he helped organize the Invictus Games and currently works along case officers in the Army’s personal recovery unit. Toward the end of his service, he engaged in a month-long deployment in Australia and a visit to New Zealand with his father.
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