The Duke of Cambridge has become the latest royal to be a member of the Royal Air Force Association.
Prince William completed seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service. He began his career with the Household Cavalry before serving with the Royal Air Force, with his final posting as an RAF Search and Rescue Pilot. The Duke of Cambridge left operational service in the Armed Forces in 2013. Next year the Prince will become an air ambulance pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The royal family have a long lasting association with the RAF Association. Her Majesty the Queen is patron and Prince Phillip and Prince Charles have both been the president of the association at some point.
The organisation do many things to help all generations of RAF Service personnel and their families. Work they do include helping young children to cope who are missing their parents, helping injured airman recover, and much more.
Nick Bunting, the RAF Association Secretary General, said: “Unsurprisingly the Association is thrilled to be welcoming the HRH The Duke of Cambridge as a member. The RAF Association is all about the RAF family providing friendship, help and support whenever and wherever it’s needed.”
The RAF Association relies on the generosity of the general public, as they receive no government funding. In 2013 the Association supported around 82,000 beneficiaries and many more indirectly.