Kensington Palace has announced that Prince William will take on a job with the East Anglian Air Ambulance as an air ambulance pilot next spring.
This new position will become the Duke of Cambridge’s main job, but his rota will “take into account any duties he will continue to undertake on behalf of the queen,” according to BBC News. This means that Prince William will continue the tour stops and visits, which have made him and his wife Kate Middleton the center of a lot of attention lately, especially with their 1-year-old son Prince George in tow.
Prince William will fly both day and night shifts in his new position. Time said he will begin training this fall and winter before beginning work in England based at Cambridge Airport. He will start as a copilot with the company and could then qualify as a helicopter commander.
According to The Guardian, Prince William’s main duties will include flying and working with medics responding to emergencies like road accidents and heart attacks.
An unnamed palace spokesperson said the duke was “hugely excited and motivated” for the job.
“The duke sees this as a true form of public service, helping people in their most difficult times,” the spokesperson continued. “He regards his work with the RAF [Royal Air Force] search and rescue force as having been an exceptional privilege and the duke wanted to make his own contribution to the outstanding work of the air ambulance service.”
Patrick Peal, the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s chief executive, said, “We’re delighted His Highness has decided to fly with us.” Peal continued, “We are confident this will help raise the profile of the charity and other air ambulance charities in the region and across the U.K.”
Kensington Palace also said the salary Prince William receives for his work will be donated to charity.