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Prince William returns home after duty in Falklands

Prince William has returned to Britain after being deployed to the Falkland Islands.

His deployment, as an RAF helicopter search and rescue pilot, caused a diplomatic row with Argentina, which claims the islands, known there as the Malvinas.

It came amid tensions between the UK and Argentina, as the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict looms.

Clarence House said he had returned after an "entirely routine" tour.

A spokesman for St James's Palace said: "He will have a short period of leave like the rest of his crew, before returning to work at RAF Valley."

Buenos Aires, which claims the Falklands are occupied Argentine territory, had condemned the prince's tour as a "provocation".

But UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said there was nothing provocative about "routine military movements".

The Duke of Cambridge was part of a four-man crew in the territory providing cover for both the civilian and military population.

The six-week deployment saw Flight Lieutenant Wales operate as a Sea King co-pilot, a post he has held at RAF Valley in Anglesey since qualifying.

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