His face tense with concentration, the Prince makes his way carefully down a rock face on Holyhead mountain during the exercise for the media
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At one point, William joined an instructor in helping bring a dummy casualty down the cliff
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12 DECEMBER 2005

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As second in line to the throne after dad Charles, Prince William is destined for a soaring "career", but the 23-year-old was already getting a taste for heights this week as he took part in a cliff-side exercise in North Wales.

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Coming to the end of a two-week work placement with a Mountain Rescue team based at RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey, Wills was taking part in an exercise designed to show the media the fruits of his time with the outfit. Wearing a hard hat and armband reading RAF Mountain Rescue, Britain's future king made a controlled descent down a 200ft drop. Along with an instructor, he took on the role of "barrow" boy, helping guide a "casualty" in a stretcher down the sheer face.

Although he did not speak to the press, in a statement issued by Clarence House, William said: "My familiarisation with their pilot training activities, the unsung heroes of the search and rescue helicopter crews and my experience with the mountain rescue team have left me in awe of their dedication and sheer professionalism."

His stint in Wales is just one of several work-experience placements the young Prince will undergo, and is intended to prepare him physically and mentally for Sandhurst military academy where he will join younger brother Harry as an officer cadet. Other work placements include time spent in a City of London Bank and a period dedicated to land estate management.