We have all seen the pictures of Prince William rushing to the aid of an elderly dignitary after falling on a wet pavement outside the Stewards Academy school in Essex. Although it seemed a spontaneous reaction that anyone of us could make in such situations, it revealed a deeply compassionate personality from Princess Diana’s son.
In this article we recall five moments when the Duke of Cambridge displayed sympathy or scrambled to the help of those in need. As a co-pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, he is certainly no stranger to such ”save and rescue” missions.
Sharing fond memories
Prince William’s words brought comfort to a grieving boy who had recently lost his mother. In a visit to a hospice in Luton, Bedfordshire, he told 14-year-old Ben that, like him, he still misses his mother every day, and encouraged him to share his feelings with his family.
The prince asked the boy’s brothers to promise him that they would keep talking to each other.
Flying to the rescue
It was one of the very first missions after the second to the throne began his job at the East Anglian Air Ambulance. A nine-year-old girl was taking a stroll down Old Road in Leighton Buzzard, Bedforshire when two cars collided, striking the young girl in the process. The Prince arrived at the crash scene to take the child to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, where she was treated for a broken pelvis and legs.
Swapping cockpit for stretcher
As a co-pilot, the prince is usually responsible for flying the ambulance helicopter, but, as he proved in this instance, he is ready to break with his usual role when needed.
The helicopter landed at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to escort a patient injured by a falling branch. William was seen helping to transfer the patient on a stretcher and stayed with him as he was moved to the emergency department.
The fastest mission..
‘’And the shortest search and rescue operation undertaken in recent years,’’ was the defence ministry’s description of a mission led by the prince to save a 16-year-old girl from drowning in the sea off Anglesey island off the coast of Wales. Flight Lieutenant Wales, as he was known in his regiment, succeeded with his team in pulling out the child to safety.
A three-year-old boy mistook peanuts for chocolate coated raisins and began to choke before his family dialled 999.
The prince was engaged in swift scramble to Hertfordshire, where the little child was moved to hospital for treatment.