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MARCH AHEAD: Prince William (fourth from right) takes part in the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
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Britain's Prince William, eager to draw a line under a decade of conspiracy theories about the death of his mother Princess Diana, graduated as an army officer on Friday to launch his military career.

PROUD MOMENT: Queen Elizabeth II reviews her grandson Prince William at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
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Britain's Prince William graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Friday to launch his military career.

The second in line to the throne paraded before his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, at the elite Sandhurst military academy in a ceremony famed for its pomp and circumstance.

LOVE'S IN THE AIR: Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton smiles during the Parade at the Royal Military Academy.
(Photo: Reuters)

Among those watching was William's long-time girlfriend Kate Middleton, fueling tabloid speculation about the 24-year-old future king's possible marriage plans. It was the first time that Middleton, sporting a bright scarlet winter coat, had appeared at such a high-profile event attended by members of the House of Windsor.

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DADDY'S BOY: Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive to watch Prince William, graduate and be commissioned.
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William took to the parade ground the day after a British police inquiry ruled that his mother, Princess Diana, was not the victim of a murder plot when she and her lover were killed in a high-speed car crash in Paris in 1997.

LOOK AT MY MAN! Kate Middleton smiles during the Sovereign's Parade at the Royal Military Academy.
(Photo: Reuters)

Kate Middleton and Prince William had met at St. Andrew's university in Scotland, where they both studied, and have been going out together since 2002.

ALREADY BORED? Prince William grimaces while taking part in the Parade at the Royal Military Academy.
(Photo: AP)

William is joining the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals Regiment, as his younger brother Harry did. Now formally known as 2nd Lieutenant William Wales, he will train to be a troop commander in an armored reconnaissance unit although, as a future monarch, he is unlikely to see front line action.

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