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High-flying prince taking off in a new direction

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Prince Andrew, who served as a helicopter pilot during the 1982 Falklands War, bowed out of a 22-year naval career to become a British trade ambassador.

The second son of Queen Elizabeth II, a commander in the diplomacy section of the Naval Staff since 1999, had a traditional send-off Monday — a luncheon aboard the aircraft carrier Ark Royal on the northeast coast of England.

He will undertake more royal engagements and in October will become royal roving ambassador for British Trade International, the government organization responsible for developing and promoting overseas trade and investment.

"What I have enjoyed over the last 22 years has been the remarkable change in the way that we do our business," the 41-year-old Andrew said.