Prince Harry to leave the Army in June

  • 17 March 2015
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Prince Harry will leave the Army in June, Kensington Palace has confirmed.

He has been in the military for ten years and says he is looking forward to a "new chapter" in his life.

During that time he was sent to Afghanistan twice, most recently in 2012 as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner.

In a statement the prince said he was at a "crossroads" and quitting the Army had been a "really tough decision".

He said: "I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the chance to do some very challenging jobs and have met many fantastic people in the process."

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Image caption The prince, seen here taking an Army test in 2004, started his full-time military duties in May 2005
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Image caption Prince Harry completed his final training in 2006 and joined the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals)
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Image caption The prince was in Afghanistan in 2007/08 but was pulled out after the media reported his secret deployment
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Image caption The prince embarked on a second tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012
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Image caption His Army Air Corps pilot training began in 2009 and he qualified as an Apache pilot in February 2012
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Image caption Prince Harry served as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and gunner in Afghanistan

When he leaves the Army in June, Prince Harry will do voluntary work with a conservation project in Africa and with disabled veterans back in the UK.

General Sir Nicholas Carter, the professional head of the Army, paid tribute to the prince.

He said: "Captain Harry Wales, as he is known affectionately in the Army, has achieved much in his 10 years as a soldier."

"He has been at the forefront throughout his service. He has insisted on being treated the same as his peers."

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