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Prince William Marks 29th Birthday Quietly

Ben Stansall - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- So long to the carefree birthday celebrations of his youth and bachelor days. Just-married Prince William is marking the final birthday of his 20s on Tuesday at work.

William, a helicopter search and rescue pilot in the Royal Air Force, will remain on duty at a base in Anglesey, an island off the coast of Wales, and may even be pulling a 24-hour shift, palace officials confirmed.

"William has got to work on his birthday," Duncan Larcombe, royal correspondent for the UK's Daily Sun newspaper, told ABC's Good Morning America. The prince, he added, would have endured media and professional glare had he taken a birthday vacation.

"For an ordinary Royal Air Force pilot, it would be horrible if he was given the day off," he said.

A quiet day, away from the media spotlight may be just what the prince himself wanted for his 29th birthday, coming on the heels of what has been a whirlwind year for the royal.

"We see how William wants to start out," said Larcombe. "He will be a full-time, working royal."

The son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana was married to the former Kate Middleton at London's Westminster Abbey on April 29 in a fairy tale wedding that was watched by billions around the globe.

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