03/21/2012

Prince William has a palace reunion with Kate

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Prince William is an RAF co-pilot in Sea King helicopters in Anglesey, Wales. (AP)

Prince William is back on home turf.

The Duke of Cambridge landed in Oxfordshire in the UK on Wednesday morning after six weeks of duty in the Falkland Islands, where he was part of an RAF helicopter search-and-rescue crew.

KateThe Duchess of Cambridge reportedly was at the base to meet him when he touched down at 4 a.m. The couple then drove to their Kensington Palace residence.

"He has returned from a standard operational deployment," a Ministry of Defence said. "He will now be on leave for a few days and then he will return to work."

William had been in the Falklands since Feb. 2, sparking a flurry of outraged comments from Argentina, which has had a long-time fight with Britain over the sovereignty of the South Atlantic territory.

Despite the war of words, the Duke’s time in the Falklands passed rather uneventfully, with only rare sightings of the second in line to the throne.

After reacquainting himself with Kate and the rest of his family, he will return to his RAF base in Wales. It will be a while before he can catch up with his father Prince Charles, who is on a Diamond Jubilee tour with Camilla through Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

While William has been away, his wife has picked up the royal torch nicely, attending several royal engagements alone and with the Royal Family. She cleared one of her biggest hurdles on Monday when she made her first public speech at the opening of a children’s hospice.

Her growing stature as a solo act has been applauded, though she clearly missed the company of William, admitting that she missed him “terribly.” The couple will be celebrating their first anniversary next month.

Despite his absence, William still made a impromptu appearances via his brother Harry, who put on a "William" mask while taking part in a fun run in Rio De Janeiro (below).

Harry mask

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