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Prince Harry ends role as helicopter pilot, to take up staff officer job


Wearing his British Army uniform, Britain's Prince Harry visits with wounded warriors undergoing physical therapy at the Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington, Friday, May 10, 2013. At right is Staff Sgt. Timothy Payne who lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool) (The Associated Press)

Palace officials say that Prince Harry is ending his role as a helicopter pilot and taking up a new job with the army in London.

Kensington Palace said Harry -- known in the army as Capt. Wales -- will now be organizing "major commemorative events" involving the army.

Harry, 29, spent more than three years in training for and serving as an Apache helicopter pilot, completing a tour in Afghanistan last year as a co-pilot gunner.

In July, he qualified to command an Apache -- the culmination of his training.