Britain’s Prince William is to become an air ambulance pilot.
The Duke of Cambridge is to join the East Anglian Air Ambulance next spring and will be flying during both the day and night. This will become his main job, although he will still carry out duties for his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II.
“The duke sees this as a true form of public service, helping people in their most difficult times,” a Kensington Palace spokesperson said.
“He regards his work with the RAF search and rescue force as having been an exceptional privilege and the duke wanted to make his own contribution to the outstanding work of the air ambulance service.”
William was previously a search and rescue pilot based out of RAF Valley on Anglesey, but left the role in September 2013 after three years.
His new role will see him based at Cambridge airport and cover the area including Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire. Although William, 32, will receive a full salary for the job he will be donating it to charity. His training will take around five months and will kick off in September.
“We’re delighted His Highness has decided to fly with us,” chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance Patrick Peal said.
“We are confident this will help raise the profile of the charity and other air ambulance charities in the region and across the UK.”
William, his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George, 12 months, will live for the most part at their estate Anmer Hall near Sandringham, Norfolk.
“They are going to be Norfolk-based and coming to London every so often, rather than London-based and going off for a weekend in Norfolk,” an insider told People.
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