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WIL­LIAM, The Duke of Cam­bridge will to­day com­plete his fi­nal shift with the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance to step up and be­come a full time royal.

Af­ter join­ing the team as a pi­lot at Cam­bridge Air­port in March 2015, Prince Wil­liam will fin­ish up his du­ties with the air am­bu­lance with a night shift from 4.30pm Lon­don time ( 1.30am AEST).

It comes af­ter the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s an­nounce­ment in May that he would be re­tir­ing from pub­lic life, with the younger roy­als poised to step up and help Queen El­iz­a­beth II with royal du­ties.

In a state­ment is­sued by Kens­ing­ton Palace ear­lier this year, the fu­ture King of Eng­land said his ex­pe­ri­ence with the EAAA had been a “huge priv­i­lege”.

“Fol­low­ing on from my time in the mil­i­tary, I have had ex­pe­ri­ences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valu­able per­spec­tive to my royal work for decades to come.

“I have loved be­ing part of a team of pro­fes­sional, talented peo­ple that save lives ev­ery day.’’

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance Pa­trick Peal said HRH would be missed by the team.

Mean­while, the late Princess of Wales’ brother claims royal of­fi­cials lied to him about the young griev­ing princes, Wil­liam and Harry, want­ing to walk be­hind their mother’s cof­fin dur­ing her fu­neral pro­ces­sion.

In a shock in­ter­view with the BBC, Earl Spencer said he ob­jected to the plan and told the Palace that his sis­ter wouldn’t have wanted to sub­ject her sons to the “very bizarre and cruel” plan.

FLY­ING PRINCE: The Duke of Cam­bridge in a Sea King he­li­copter.

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