It has been announced by Kensington Palace today that Prince William will cease flying with the East Anglia Air Ambulance in the summer, this will conclude the two-year arrangement that the Prince had made. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, together with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will be spending more time from the autumn in their apartment in Kensington Palace. Prince George will be starting school in London in September, and no doubt Princess Charlotte will soon be starting nursery. Royal Central will, of course, cover these events.
As we have seen this year, Her Majesty The Queen has delegated some of her patronages, and the Duke and Duchess are keen to continue to increase their official work on behalf of the Queen and the charities and causes they support. Hence, they will be spending more time at Kensington Palace though there is no indication they will not be keeping their Norfolk property. Indeed, it will be advantageous to stay there when the Queen is at Sandringham or perhaps if they have a series of visits in East Anglia and can stay there overnight rather than perhaps fly out from London in the morning.
The Duke of Cambridge said “It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add valuable perspective to my Royal work for decades to come.
I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at one of our region’s hospitals. I would especially like to thank my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being a part of a team of talented, professional people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country’s medical and emergency community could not be any stronger.”
I am sure that the Duke has been a valuable member of the team using his skill as a helicopter pilot learned in military service, and will be missed by his colleagues as much as he will miss them.