The Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, William could very well be carrying out missions involving rescue of hurt civilians. Kensington palace in a recent press release confirmed that the proud father of a year old Prince George, that the Duke will be taking up civilian pilot training in September, 2014 to complement training in military.
The Prince (32 years old) who is second in line to the throne will be working in East Anglia for East Anglian Air Ambulance services. Next spring will see him based at Cambridge Airport and flying missions around Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
His job profile will include responding to 999 emergency number calls for heart attacks and automobile crashes. Basically, a situation where the patient has an imminent medical state and would need helicopter support. While, he may also function from Norwich airport, he will be working night as well as day shifts from possibly 2015 spring.
He will receive the qualification of Helicopter commander after stint of training as co-pilot. This will be a full time role after the prince ended his active service with the royal Air force (where he had qualified as a Sea king helicopter pilot or captain and undertook over 150 missions) as a search and rescue pilot last year in September. He can secure the licence post 14 examinations at the end of five months in training. He has committed a minimum two year stint to his new role and is expected to earn around £40,000 (post tax £30,155) a year which will be given, to an as yet undecided list of charities.
This move also signifies a delay in the Prince taking up full time Royal duties since Kate, William and baby George will be away from London mostly. The family is expected to stay at Anmer Hall, their Sandringham Estate residence in Norfolk, which is within 50 miles of both Norwich and Cambridge. The move is also expected to better his bond with Cambridge from where he derives his title. Earlier this year had seen him do a course on agriculture from the University of Cambridge.
This move in some quarters has also been at the receiving end of much criticism with King Philip and the Queen aged to 93 and 88 respectively and unable to carry out many Royal engagements. However, the Prince even while working this new role, his schedule will also include time for his own patronages, Queen’s duties at abroad and home as well as the Royal foundations of Harry, the Duke and Duchess.
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