updated 03/21/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/21/2012 AT 8:20 AM ET
Early Wednesday morning, William, 29, flew back from the Falkland Islands to Britain with the rest of his Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter crew. Kate, 30, met him at the airbase.
“The Duke of Cambridge returned to the U.K. this morning following completion of a routine operational deployment in the Falkland Islands as part of a four man Search and Rescue crew. He will now have a brief period of leave before resuming Search and Rescue duties from RAF Valley shortly,” said an official statement.