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Prince William admitted he was feeling the nerves ahead of first shift with East Anglian Air Ambulance today

16:11 13 July 2015

The Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

First day nerves can affect anyone – including, it seems, the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA WireThe Duke of Cambridge has started working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

His Royal Highness Prince William spoke about his nerves ahead of his first shift in his new role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

The Prince clocked on at Cambridge Airport, where the air ambulance is based, at 7am for his turn as a pilot with the charity, which operates in Suffolk as well as Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Bedfordshire.

And it was not long before he was deployed on his first mission at 9.20am.

After he and his crew-mates checked over the H145 helicopter he will fly, he told reporters of his excitement at the new role.

He said: “It’s my first day and I’m feeling the nerves.

“We’re starting off on a wet Cambridge day, but I’m really looking forward to getting started.

“It’s been a lot of effort and patience in training but we’re here now and I’m looking forward to doing the job.”

Today he worked alongside pilot Captain Dave Kelly, Dr Gemma Mullen and paramedic Tim Daniels.

The Duke of Cambridge will work a nine-and-a-half hour shift today as part of a four days on, four off rota.

To allow for royal duties, he will complete about two-thirds of the normal shift pattern but he is expected to work a full rota in the early months of the role to allow him to settle in.

“While I’m still relatively young, I will manage the two jobs the best I can.”

He said there was in theory no reason why he could not carry on doing the air ambulance job indefinitely.

“There’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life,” he said.

“I might be able to, and still balance the two. Inevitably down the line, things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that.

“The term ‘full-time royal role’ is bandied around quite a lot, and no-one actually really knows what that means, but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can.

“The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership. My father is doing many, many engagements, as are the rest of the family, and so there’s a lot being done by the Royal Family around the country.

“I hope to still be a part of that, and do as much as I can, but equally do something which I think is incredibly important and (will) prove me in good stead for the future.”

Asked if he was prepared for the traumatic sights he will encounter, he said: “Nothing ever prepares you that well for what you are going to see.”

Asked about the birth of Charlotte, he said: “It’s been fantastic, she’s been a little joy from heaven.

“At the same time there is a lot of responsibility especially when George is around – he’s been a little monkey.

“It’s no more difficult than what everyone else has to do.”

The prince side-stepped questions about whether or not he and the Duchess of Cambridge would have further children.

He said: “It is fantastic having a lovely little family and I am so thrilled. And Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I’m very proud of her. We’ve only just had the second one. You never know what is going to happen in the future.”


  • @blue&white No dangerous work. Have helped hundreds of human beings over the the last seven years, the majority are now sadly dead. Can ride a bike., and William Cambridge DID throw in the towel early in his last helicopter job, it is a fact, and well documented

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    jungle boy

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • I'm glad he's doing something Useful Which is an alien concept to the rest of the royals. However, I wish they wouldn't keep making out he's just a regular guy like everyone else. he will have security men with him, he will have a driver to take him from Anmer and you can bet your life his rota won't be like anybody elses. In reality what he is doing is enjoying his passion and his hobby of flying a helicopter, so let's not pretend it's anything else. I shouldn't think there's a man in the country who wouldn't like to fly a helicopter. Boys toys, that's what it is.

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Bloke whose only claim to fame is who his mother was starts new job, media gets obsessed for no good reason. Pathetic!

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • What the critics should realise is that he could very easily sit on his backside and do nothing worthwhile for the nation, now that would be a burden on the tax payer. Instead, he is using his well earnt qualifications as a fully trained pilot to very good use, well done Prince William. As for the ludicrous suggestion that this is a publicity stunt, does anyone honestly believe he needs publicity? This article was always going to be attractive to the a Royal Family bashers, it wouldn't matter what he did, they would just criticise him simply because he is who he is.

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • jungle boy you must lead a sad life always moaning , what good have you done in your sad life that was any good ,bet you cant even ride a bike

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    Derek Beaumont

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • @jungle boy - you don't qualify (!) as a military pilot able to operate a Sea King, by "throwing the towel in early". And I note that you have carefully avoided answering my final question.

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Good luck william. .... .I recently watched the air ambulance in action in Ipswich , the pilot landed in a very built up area with great skill and took the young cyclist off to Addenbrooks... fantastic life saving service .......critics not worth a mention.

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • The last helicopter job he had was in North Wales blue&white, think you will find he never completed the course, threw in the towel early, and the bill to the taxpayer was £400, 000, The RAF in its wisdom, wrote off the money, saying for the good of the nation, as I said, an absolute joke. Was going to call him a fly by night, now that would be silly

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    jungle boy

    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • @jungle boy - I took this about the Duke of Cambridge from Wikipedia: "In December 2006, he completed 44 weeks of training as an officer, being commissioned as a lieutenant in the Blues and Royals Regiment. In April 2008, he qualified as a pilot (earning his wings) by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He then underwent helicopter flying training in order to become a full-time pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in early 2009. His more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time service with the British Armed Forces ended in September 2013." Yeah, I'm sure all of that was a publicity stunt from start to finish. Tell me, how much dangerous work have you undertaken and how many other human beings have you helped over the past seven years or so?

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Good luck on your first day and may the people who criticise never need your assistance. So many high rofile people put their names to charities, pr stunts when a new movie is coming out. He is saving lives today, doing a lot more than others in his privileged position. Moaning idiots.

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • His salary will be donated to charity. The EAAA is a charity - could they not just keep it in the first place and save all the expense of the paperwork exercise?

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    Monday, July 13, 2015

  • Absolute joke, how would it be if the other pilots decided to work part time, because they had a pressing engagement at home, or they wanted to attend a Cup Final, or didn't come in one day, because they were ribbon cutting somewhere. Would think that most pilots have science degrees, pretty sure this guy hasn't. Must be some Man or Woman better qualified to do this job, this is a publicity stunt. Will be interesting to see the Christmas rotas

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    jungle boy

    Monday, July 13, 2015

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