First day with East Anglian Air Ambulance for Duke of Cambridge

The Duke of Cambridge begins his new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance this week. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The Duke of Cambridge begins his new job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance this week. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge has taken up his new role as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance today.

Prince William said he was nervous after starting his first shift as a co-pilot at Cambridge Airport at 7am this morning.

He will be juggling his new role with his Royal duties, along with bringing up a young family.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be spending the next few years at their country retreat, Anmer Hall.

He said: “It’s my first day and I’m feeling the nerves.

“Obviously at some point there is going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life, but at the moment I’m juggling the two of them and a young family and I’m enjoying the challenge.

“It’s a follow-on from where I was with the military search and rescue, with many of the same sorts of skills, so it was a natural progression.”

The Duke now holds an Airline Transport Pilot Licence, after passing a total of 14 written exams on a range of aviation topics.

The job will build on the Duke’s operational experience in the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, which he completed in September 2013. During this time he undertook more than 150 search and rescue operations.

He will be donating his salary to charity.