Sunday 1 March 2015

William is first ever heir to get a job

Edward Malnick

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

Prince William
Prince William

Prince William has announced that he is to step away from full-time royal duties for at least two years, to move to Norfolk to become an air ambulance pilot.

The move means the Duke of Cambridge will be the first direct heir to the throne to become an ordinary company employee.

The announcement confirms he will end his "transitional year" after more than seven years of military service by taking a new role and postponing becoming a full-time member of the royal family.

He has signed up to work as a pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance for a minimum of 24 months.

Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of the Duke of Cambridge at the controls of a Sea King helicopter. 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. Issue date: Thursday August 7, 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: SAC Faye Storer/PA Wire

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Duke of Cambridge at the controls of a Sea King helicopter

Buckingham Palace yesterday confirmed that the role would be William's "primary occupation", but his roster, which will include day and night shifts, will "take into account" royal duties.

Kate Middleton will continue to carry out royal engagements as she did when the duke was an RAF search and rescue pilot.

A spokesman said that the duke would donate his entire salary from his new role - reported to be €50,000 - to charity after footing the bill for tax and deductions.

Next month William will begin five months of training to gain a civilian pilot licence to complement his military training.

He will then begin work, initially as a co-pilot, at Cambridge and Norwich airports in the spring of 2015. Both locations are within 50 miles of Anmer Hall, the Duke and Duchess's residence on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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