THE DUKE of Cambridge has claimed that he is “greatly excited” about his new role as an air ambulance pilot.
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 (EAAA) based at Cambridge Airport next spring.
The role will be his main job but his roster will take into account the duties and responsibilities he will continue to undertake on behalf of the Queen.
A Kensington Palace spokesman: “The duke is greatly excited by this opportunity.
“He regards his work with the RAF Search and Rescue Force as having been an exceptional privilege, and is hugely motivated by the idea of being able to continue to help people in difficult and challenging situations.
“EAAA does some truly outstanding work, and the duke wanted to make his own contribution to it.”
He will be paid a salary which he will donate in full to charity. Patrick Peal, the chief executive of the EAAA, welcomed yesterday’s announcement, saying the organisation would benefit both from William’s skills as a pilot and from a boost to the charity’s profile.
There had been speculation surrounding the move since William, who is qualified to be a captain or pilot of a Sea King helicopter, ended his active service as an RAF search and rescue pilot in September last year. His main duties with the EAAA will involve flying an EC145 T2 aircraft, working alongside medics to respond to emergencies ranging from road accidents to heart attacks.
The Duke will fly missions in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.