Prince William to join air ambulance

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The Duke of Cambridge will be helping to save lives in West Norfolk after signing up to become a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service.

The former RAF Sea King pilot, who completed 150 search and rescue missions, is due to be flying the air ambulance from the spring.

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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 EMN-140708-092156001
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 EMN-140708-092156001

He will begin training for his Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) in September, which is estimated to take a minimum of five months.

He will have to complete 14 exams and a test flight.

The Duke, who will continue with public engagements on behalf of the Queen, will start off as a co-pilot and is donating his salary to charity.

The Mail On Sunday reported earlier this week that the Duke and his wife are set to make Anmer Hall their main home for the next two years.

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Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of the Duke of Cambridge in front of 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

NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. EMN-140708-092120001
EMBARGOED TO 1300 THURSDAY AUGUST 7 Ministry of Defence undated handout photo of the Duke of Cambridge in front of 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 NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. EMN-140708-092120001

The country loving couple are hoping to escape from the limelight in London for a quiet life in the country to bring up Prince George.

The ten bedroom mansion, given to the couple by the Queen, is undergoing a £1.5 million refurbishment.

 

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