Prince William’s Next Step: Swapping Military Service for Royal Duties & More

Prince William

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updated 09/12/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET

originally published 09/12/2013 AT 7:50 AM ET

It’s a new chapter in the life of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

After more than seven years of military service, including a three-year posting in north Wales, Prince William is leaving the Royal Air Force and will now focus on his royal duties and charity work together with his wife, Kensington Palace has announced.

That will include life at Apartment 1a of Kensington Palace in London, where the new father and his family will move “within the next few weeks,” the palace said in a statement.

The statement, released to PEOPLE, adds, “He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a program 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.”

In addition, William, 31, is “currently considering a number of options for public service.”

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