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William's Paternity Leave Ends & He Returns to Royal Air Force

William's Paternity Leave Ends & He Returns to Royal Air Force
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It's back to work for Prince William.

With his paternity leave over, the new father has said goodbye to his 2-week old son, Prince George, and wife Kate, and headed back to North Wales to return to his position as a Royal Air Force search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Kate, 31, and the newborn are currently at the Middletons' home in Bucklebury, about 55 miles west of London. But mother and son are expected to make the 270-mile trip up to North Wales "at some point" in the coming weeks, a royal source tells PEOPLE.

The trip will enable the trio to spend some time together in the area they love, and show "Georgie" (as grandpa Prince Charles expects him to be nicknamed) the place they spent their first years of married life.

Over the next month, William – who is known as Flight Lieutenant Wales – will end his tour of duty and the Palace will announce his next role.

Before he moves on, William will attend the Anglesey show that celebrates rural and farming life on the island. There, on Aug. 14, he will watch gun-dog and falconry displays as well as cattle judging, and he is set to make a short speech.



Local volunteer community worker Jean Owen says, “We all want to congratulate the couple. I would love to see them – and to even catch a glimpse of them with a pram would be breathtaking. It’s lovely to see him coming back, but I have mixed feelings as it will be sad when they leave us soon.”

William and Kate are said by the royal source to be “thrilled” with family life, and, for his part William is relishing some of the chores of fatherhood.

He joked with guests at a polo match Saturday that he had to rush home but not before he had picked up some diapers along the way.

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