Saturday 20 December 2014

Prince William is to become an air ambulance pilot, will donate salary to charity

Freya Drohan

Published 07/08/2014 | 14:26

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Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minster David Cameron (centre rear) walk through war graves at St Symphorien Military Cemetery as they attend a ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of First World War
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The monarch is set to become an air ambulance pilot, but will be donating his salary for the five month stint to charity.

Prince William is set to join the East Anglian Air Ambulance early next year.

For the duration of his term, it will become his main job, although he will still be required to carry out duties as a future head of state.

"The Duke sees this as a true form of public service, helping people in their most difficult times," a Kensington Palace spokesperson has 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.

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An East Anglian Air Ambulance as it takes off from Cambridge Airport, in Cambridgeshire. The Duke of Cambridge will train as an air ambulance pilot before taking up a full time role next year,  Kensington Palace has confirmed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 6, 2014.  William will begin a civilian pilot course next month followed by dedicated 999-response training. If successful he will join the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport in spring next year. See PA story ROYAL William. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
EMBARGOED TO 1300 THURSDAY AUGUST 7 An East Anglian Air Ambulance as it takes off from Cambridge Airport, in Cambridgeshire. The Duke of Cambridge will train as an air ambulance pilot before taking up a full time role next year, Kensington Palace has confirmed. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 6, 2014. William will begin a civilian pilot course next month followed by dedicated 999-response training. If successful he will join the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport in spring next year. See PA story ROYAL William. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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 Kate (the Duchess of Cambridge) and their son Prince George (1) 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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