The Duke of Cambridge has concluded his final shift for the East Anglian Air Ambulance bringing an end to his part-time job which he has been committed to for the past two years.
Prince William, who leaves the air ambulance to become a full time working royal, spent his last few hours on the night shift at Cambridge airport.
Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, the second-in-line to the throne said he had a “profound respect” for the emergency services.
Her Majesty granted her grandson permission to work for the rescue charity as a pilot before he becomes a full-fledged royal a couple of years ago.
Since starting with the air ambulance in March 2015, Prince William spent his time between his Anmer Hall home and Kensington Palace. Now with his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, retiring from public duties, it has been decided that now is the time Prince William steps up to become a full-time royal.
No longer working with the EAAA, the Duke of Cambridge will also have more time to dedicate to his charity work such as Heads Together which was in part inspired by his work as an air ambulance pilot.
“I got interested in mental health for another reason. One that was related to my work as an air ambulance pilot. It was suicide, a subject that is so often hidden,” Prince William said in February while at a Guild of Health Writers conference.
In January of this year, it was announced that Prince William would not be renewing his contract with the EAAA. Upon the announcement, the Duke said: “I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life.”
The Duke of Cambridge was paid an annual salary of £40,000 but gave all of that back to charity.
His move to London means that his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge will also be taking a larger public role. Prince George will be attending Thomas’s Battersea School and Princess Charlotte is likely to head to a local nursery.