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King Charles III transfers one of his military duties to Prince William

King Charles III transfers one of his military duties to Prince William

King Charles III on Monday officially handed over to his son William the title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Army Air Corps, an honorary role he appeared to promise to his brother, Harry, during a visit to a military base.

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The British monarch, who was diagnosed with cancer in February and is currently undergoing treatment, met military personnel and their families with the heir to the throne at Middle Wallop Airport in Hampshire (southern England).

The king said: “I would like to express to you my great happiness to be with you, even for a short time, a joy mixed with great sadness as well, after 32 years I spent working with you and admiring your many successes.”

France Press agency

Charles III became the first Colonel-in-Chief of the British Army Air Force 32 years ago, and announced last year that he wanted to pass this title to his heir.

His youngest son Harry, at odds with the royal family and in exile in the United States, served in this British Army regiment during a mission in Afghanistan in 2012, where he was an Apache helicopter pilot and gunner's co-pilot.

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It had long been expected that he would regain this honorary title after his father, but the Duke of Sussex abandoned his royal obligations in 2020 when he left the United Kingdom with his wife, Meghan.

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While in London last Wednesday to attend the 10th anniversary ceremony of the Invictus Games, an international competition for wounded soldiers in which he is a major participant, the prince did not meet his father.

A spokesman for the prince justified this by the king’s “very busy schedule.”

France Press agency

After three months of no public engagement, but continuing to exercise some official functions, the 75-year-old king resumed a certain number of his public activities in early May.

Following the passing of the torch, Prince William received a briefing on his new duties on Monday, and must leave the air base aboard an Apache helicopter in the afternoon for a maiden flight.

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