Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WILLIAM AND KATE TO START NEW LIFE; PRINCE GIVES UP PILOT'S JOB AND BIDS FAREWELL TO THEIR FIRST HOME; 'Thank You for Rescuing Me': Prince Meets Teenager Whose Life He Saved

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

WILLIAM AND KATE TO START NEW LIFE; PRINCE GIVES UP PILOT'S JOB AND BIDS FAREWELL TO THEIR FIRST HOME; 'Thank You for Rescuing Me': Prince Meets Teenager Whose Life He Saved

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Byline: Robert Jobson Royal Editor

PRINCE William today announced that he and Kate are to leave their "immensely special" first home together when his job as an RAF search and rescue pilot ends in North Wales next month.

The move by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is seen as a watershed moment for the couple and their baby as they leave a life of relative privacy in Anglesey to live in London.

William, 31, was visiting an agricultural show on Anglesey in one of his first public engagements since becoming a father to Prince George three weeks ago.

He said: "I know that I speak for Catherine when I say that I have never in my life known somewhere as beautiful and as welcoming as Anglesey.

"I know that both of us will miss it terribly when my tour of duty comes to an end next month and we have to move elsewhere. This island has been our first home together, and it will always be an immensely special place for us."

In a hint that the couple plan to have more children, he added: "Catherine and I look forward to returning again and again over the coming years with our young family."

The prince spent an hour talking to visitors at the show and told one that he was looking forward to George sleeping through the night "soon".

William met a teenage girl he and his RAF team had rescued when she was swept out to sea. She told him: "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for you. You saved my life." William and colleagues in Squadron 22 were scrambled when Sharon West was caught in a rip tide. She told him: "I just wanted to thank you for rescuing me last year." He replied: "Was it you on the beach, you and your sister? How are you, are you all right?"

She said: "Thank you." He added: "No, not at all. I'm glad you made a full recovery. A lot of time you never meet up with anyone after you've done it. It's a team thing. It was about 38 seconds, I think, it was the fastest ever one we've done -- it's a good job it was.

"It was very nice to meet you. When you go out next time be aware of the conditions." Sharon told Channel 5: "He saved my life, and Squadron 22 as well, all of them together. …

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