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Prince William finishes RAF Shawbury helicopter course

Prince William was accompanied by his girlfriend Kate Middleton

Prince William has graduated from an advanced helicopter training course, watched by his father and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The 27-year-old prince, known as Flt Lt Wales, spent 12 months training at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire.

Prince Charles gave medals to RAF personnel, before attending the graduation ceremony and presenting a flying badge to his son.

William plans to become a qualified RAF search and rescue pilot.

Later this month he will move to RAF Valley on Anglesey, where he will be taught to use his new skills to fly Sea King helicopters.

He follows in the footsteps of his father, who flew helicopters in the Royal Navy, as did his uncle, the Duke of York, a Sea King helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War.

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