Prince William and his father Charles III, more accomplices than ever during a transfer of power in Hampshire

Prince William and his father Charles III, more accomplices than ever during a transfer of power in Hampshire
Prince William and his father Charles III, more accomplices than ever during a transfer of power in Hampshire

The sovereign handed over to his son the role of colonel-in-chief of the British Army Air Corps this Monday, May 13, in Hampshire. An engagement during which the monarch and his heir demonstrated the extent of their complicity.

He was unable to meet Prince Harry during his stay in London, due to his “busy schedule”. A few days later, Charles III, who recently revealed that he was suffering from cancer, nevertheless ensured a rare engagement in the company of Prince William. On this occasion, the sovereign, arriving by helicopter, passed on to his eldest son his title of colonel-in-chief of the British Army Air Corps – the former regiment of the Duke of Sussex – this Monday, May 13, at the occasion of a ceremony organized at the Army Aviation Center in Middle Wallop, Hampshire. The monarch had held this role for already thirty-two years.

A “good pilot”

Charles III passes on to Prince William his title of Colonel-in-Chief of the Air Corps of the British Army. (Middle Wallop, May 13, 2024.)
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A most symbolic passing of the torch, during which father and son showed themselves to be more complicit than ever. Charles III and Prince William were filmed together on the tarmac, during a discussion punctuated by bursts of laughter. To mark the event, the king gave his heir a beret and an air force belt. And joked that Prince William was a “good pilot”, mischievously pointing out that this was “encouraging”.

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The Prince of Wales served in the past as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force. A ceremony during which Charles III, however, did not mention Prince Harry’s piloting skills. During a visit to the Air Force museum, the monarch, who admired an Apache helicopter, refrained from mentioning that his cadet had flown several during his missions in Afghanistan.

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