Prince William has surprised students and teachers at the Kingsfleet Primary School in Felixstowe, Suffolk, after his East Anglican Air Ambulance helicopter made an emergency landing on the playing field of the school.
Students had just finished their sports day on Thursday when they spotted the helicopter get closer to the grounds at around 3.15pm.
Deputy headteacher Rebecca McCarthy said that pupils in years three to six and their teachers were excited to see the prince emerge from the helicopter in his blue uniform, although they had no idea what was going on at first.
She said: “It is the first time the air ambulance has ever landed in the school grounds before and no one could quite believe Prince William was there.
“The children were very good and well behaved and once the initial excitement had died down they were very concerned about the lady who had hurt herself.”
McCarthy added that the prince introduced himself and apologised for landing on sports day. He was described as being ‘very unassuming and shy.’
The prince and the air ambulance crew were called to Felixstowe to assist a woman who fell from a loft in her house in a nearby area, suffering a broken leg but not life-threatening injuries. She was later taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where she underwent an operation. The helicopter left at around 4.30pm.
The royal was joined in the helicopter by doctors Nathan Howes and Jeremy Mauger, along with critical-care paramedic Andy Downes and the prince’s bodyguard. Two police officers were also present at the scene.
The second in line to the throne flies an EC145 T2 and is one of 12 East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots who respond to emergencies in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. He is also employed by the Bond Air Services and donates his salary to charity.