Prince William graduates from RAF chopper course

Prince William graduates from RAF chopper course London: Prince William, the second-in- line to the British throne, has graduated from his Royal Air Force helicopter course with flying colours.

The 27-year-old Prince is following in the footsteps of his father Prince Charles, who served as Royal Navy chopper pilot, as did his uncle, the Duke of York, during Falklands War in 1982.

William laughed as his father delivered a humorous speech, congratulating the graduates, with girlfriend Kate Middleton listening intently as Prince Charles paid special tribute to the family, friends and girlfriends present for their "unwavering support" of the students.

The Prince of Wales was quoted by the 'Daily Express' as saying: "I know only too well how complicated it can be having a relative or a close friend in the Forces, because they are rarely, if ever, around.

"Some of you no doubt will find yourselves in Afghanistan, others will be plucking people from danger... or maybe sheep in distress. Cultivate a 'sixth sense, which can so often keep you out of trouble'."

William, known as Flight Lieutenant Wales, has now moved one step closer to becoming an RAF search and rescue pilot, having completed the 12-month advanced helicopter training course.