Prince William Hosts 1st Ceremony at Buckingham Palace

His royal highness stood in for his grandmother, the queen, in his first investiture ceremony.
1:51 | 10/17/13

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Brand-new pictures out of london, of prince william knighting people, in the first appearance of full-time royal at buckingham palace. It's a change of life from search and rescue pilot. And one william looks like he is fully embracing. At buckingham palace this morning, sword in hand, prince william took part in his first investiture ceremony. The duke of cambridge handed out medals to the likes of wimbledon champ, andy murray. Mr. Andrew murray for services to tennis. Reporter: Just another sign that the new father and future king is shifting into life as a full-time royal. The fact it's the first time william has done this is significant. It's a very esteemed duty. This moment is the highlight of these people's lives. So, it's an honor. Reporter: The pomp and circumstance was a big change from the last 7 1/2 years he spent with the royal military, as flight lieutenant williams wales. Before leaving the royal air force, prince william spent three years as a search and rescue pilot, taking part in 156 missions and 149 rescues. A job he relished. There's no greater calling in life for someone. To be able to see a sun or daughter's face when you bring their father or mother back from the edge of death, it's quite powerful. Reporter: Since the birth of his son, george, prince william has focused on his charitable interests, including protecting endangered species. And he's ramping up for more responsibilities. It's a significant step. It doesn't mean that we're going to see him do 400 engagements this year. He's going to slowly start in his engagements. Reporter: Looking good. Very comfortable in the role.

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