Prince Harry Takes on a New Military Job: All the Details

Prince Harry during a visit to N.Y.C. in May 2013

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updated 01/17/2014 AT 12:05 PM ET

originally published 01/17/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET

Prince Harry has said goodbye to his scruffy beard and hello to a new mission in the army.

After a successful period flying Apache helicopters, Harry, 29, is taking a position with the military in London to help coordinate “significant projects and commemorative events involving the Army,” the palace said. He will remain a captain.

As he left his post, the prince was praised as an “inspiration” to other army officers.

“Captain Wales has reached the pinnacle of flying excellence as an Apache pilot, particularly in Afghanistan and, in the process, has proved to be a real inspiration to the many Army Air Corps officers and soldiers who have come to know him so well over the last two years,” Lt. Col. Tom de la Rue, who commanded him in the Army Air Corps, said in a statement.

And with his new role, Prince Harry wants to throw himself into bringing the Warrior Games to London. When he visited Colorado last May, he spoke about his desire to fill a stadium with Paralympic-style games for injured servicemen and servicewomen.

The games would require the involvement of the armed forces in the U.K., and the final sign-off from the government would be needed, but a royal source confirms research is being pushed through by the charitable Royal Foundation.

“Detailed feasibility work is currently being undertaken on behalf of the Royal Foundation and the [Ministry of Defence] on concepts and funding for the U.K. to host the inaugural International Warrior Games later this year. A final recommendation will be made at the end of January,” a spokesman at his office at Kensington Palace confirms to PEOPLE.


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