Prince William back in UK after Falklands deployment

Prince William back in UK after Falklands deployment London: Prince William has returned to Britain from the Falkland Islands following his tour of duty as a military search and rescue helicopter pilot, officials said on Wednesday.

"He has returned from a standard operational deployment," a Ministry of Defence spokesman said, after the second in line to the throne completed the near seven-week stint which angered Argentina.

"He will now be on leave for a few days and then he will return to work."

The 29-year-old was sent to the South Atlantic archipelago as a routine part of his duties as an Royal Air Force (RAF) Sea King helicopter pilot.

But his stint on the barren islands enraged Buenos Aires, which claims the Falklands are occupied Argentine territory and condemned the prince's tour as a "provocation".

William, the eldest son of heir to the throne Prince Charles, arrived in the British overseas territory on February 2.

The timing of the deployment added to tensions ahead of the 30th anniversary of the war between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands. (AFP)