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Prince William gets his search-and-rescue wings

Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne, is receiving a certificate and his Royal Air Force squadron badge in a small ceremony Friday.

Britain's Prince William holds his certificate with Royal Air Force Group Captain Jonathan Dixon after graduating as a search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley in Wales on Sept. 17. Prince William will start work as a search and rescue helicopter pilot for Britain's Royal Air Force after graduating from training on Friday, his office said.

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After seven months of training, Prince William is going to graduate as a fully qualified search-and-rescue helicopter pilot.

His London office said William, who is second in line to the throne, is receiving a certificate and his Royal Air Force squadron badge in a small ceremony Friday.

Known in the air force as Flight Lt. William Wales, he will fly Sea King helicopters with the search-and-rescue unit at RAF Valley, located 220 miles (350 kilometers) west of London on the Irish Sea.

William, 28, said the course was challenging, but he "enjoyed it immensely. I absolutely love flying, so it will be an honor to serve operationally with the search-and-rescue force."

William's younger brother Harry is training to fly Apache attack helicopters.

IN PICTURES: Britain's royal family


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