Prince William gets his search-and-rescue wings

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LONDON (AP) — 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.