His Majesty King Charles appointed his eldest son as the Colonel-in-Chief of The Army Air Corps, the combat aviation arm of the British Army, at a ceremony held at the Army Aviation Centre in Hampshire.

Following the ceremony, Prince William departed the army base in a black helicopter, accompanied by his new unit.

Kensington Palace put out this tweet to mark the occasion today

This joint engagement marks a significant moment for King Charles and Prince William, their first since 2022. The father and son shared laughs as Charles presented William with an Army Air Corps beret and belt, signifying William’s new role in the 662 Squadron.

Charles and William at the Army Aviation Centre for the rare joint ceremony

Notably, the event coincided with Prince Harry’s departure from Nigeria after a three-day tour with Meghan, his wife. In his speech, King Charles praised William’s piloting skills and expressed pride in his involvement with the Army Air Corps.

A younger Prince Harry in front of an Apache he flew in Afghanistan

After donning his new uniform and blue beret, Prince William received gifts for his family, including an Army Air Corps tartan wrap for the Princess of Wales and wooden helicopters for George, Charlotte, and Louis.

Meanwhile, the Sussexes arrived at London Heathrow from Abuja, with plans to reunite with Archie and Lilibet in Montecito.

William reads instructions before departing the base on an Apache capability flight

Recent speculation about a missed meeting between Prince Harry and King Charles has led to conflicting reports, with sources citing the King’s busy schedule. The situation has sparked discussions reminiscent of the “recollections may vary” phrase used during the Megxit saga.

Additionally, King Charles disclosed today that he has lost his sense of taste during his ongoing cancer treatment.