William is first ever heir to get a job
Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30
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.
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)