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Prince William Announced as New Patron of London's Air Ambulance Charity

Afouda Fortune
Mar 14, 2020
08:00 P.M.

Prince William has been named as patron of London's Air Ambulance Charity, according to new reports from the palace.

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With just a few weeks left before his brother, Prince Harry leaves the royal life behind; Prince William has become the patron of London's Air Ambulance Charity.

Duke of Cambridge officially opens Brains Brewery, before attending the Wales vs Ireland Six Nations Match on March 16, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales | Photo: Getty Images

Duke of Cambridge officially opens Brains Brewery, before attending the Wales vs Ireland Six Nations Match on March 16, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales | Photo: Getty Images

The news, which got unveiled on the charity's website, came shortly after the Duke of Cambridge's patronage of the organization's year-long 30th-anniversary campaign in 2019.

William had shown his intent to be a civilian pilot when he took a course, which was followed by a dedicated 999-response training.

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The Duke had visited the Royal London Hospital, where he co-piloted the London Air Ambulance's standby helicopter and met with clinicians, paramedics, pilots, and crew members.

William met with the groups in an attempt to learn about the struggles that came with working as a first responder in London.

Back in 2018, the father-of-three had served as a pilot at the East Anglian Air Ambulance after he moved from the Royal Air Force (RAF), BBC News recalled.

Duke of Cambridge visits the Royal Marsden on July 04, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. HRH is the President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust | Photo: Getty Images

Duke of Cambridge visits the Royal Marsden on July 04, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. HRH is the President of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust | Photo: Getty Images

During his time as a pilot, the Duke stated that being a father affected him whenever he got sent to distressing jobs. The then-36-year-old, who had opened up about his experience, stated that:

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"After I had my own children, I think the relation between the job and the personal life was what really took me over the edge..."

William had shown his intent to be a civilian pilot when he took a course, which was followed by a dedicated 999-response training.

The Duke of Cambridge attends the unveiling of The Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stones Centenary Square on December 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England | Photo: Getty Images

The Duke of Cambridge attends the unveiling of The Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stones Centenary Square on December 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England | Photo: Getty Images

The Guardian revealed that the announcement of the Duke's plans had confirmed the speculations that he had left the active service of being an Royal Air Force search and rescue pilot in September 2013.

The full-time role, whose salary he planned to donate charity, had to be altered around his primary royal duties. The site had also reported that William was expected to sign an employment contract with Bond Air Services, a civilian employer.

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Prince William stands on the podium at the finish of stage one of the Tour de France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, England | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William stands on the podium at the finish of stage one of the Tour de France on July 5, 2014 in Harrogate, England | Photo: Getty Images

With that plan, William had reportedly become the first member of the royal family in direct succession to make such a move.

An inside spokesman from Kensington Palace further mentioned that the then-32-year-old was "very much looking forward to" the next step in his career.

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