Prince William prepares for final pilot shift ahead of full-time royal duty

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, flew to Wisbech with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. “I am hugely grateful for having had this experience”.The Duke joined EAAA as a pilot in March 2015 and after completing an initial period of job specific training involving simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training, he began piloting his first operational missions in July 2015. “To us, he has been another hard-working member of the team; one of 11 highly-respected pilots who help us to save hundreds of lives each year”.Today the future King praises the work of doctors and paramedics who he says he has watched “save people’s lives”.Writing in the Eastern Daily Press, William said “As I arrive for work at East Anglian Air Ambulance this evening, my last shift with this incredible team, I wanted to say thank you to my colleagues, team mates and the people of East Anglia who I have been so proud to serve”. “That’s something that my other job doesn’t necessarily do”.Afterwards the prince will no longer have to juggle being an air ambulance pilot with royal commitments. “We talk about it a lot, and that’s the best way of dealing with some of these situations”, Prince William revealed in September.Patrick Peal, the air ambulance’s chief executive, said: “William has been an integral part of the team for the past two years”.”He is not only a fantastic pilot, but a much loved and valued member of the crew; he will be truly missed by everyone”, he said. He has been a true professional, delivering our doctors and critical care paramedics to patients under testing conditions.It’s a year of great change for the royal family, as Kate, William, George, and Charlotte prepare to move to London full time (the family had largely been stationed in their Norfolk home).The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to spend more time at Kensington Palace rather than Norfolk’s Anmer Hall as Prince George will begin school at Thomas’s in south-west London.As William hangs up his flight suit, he said he is “proud” to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the East Anglian region every day.