Prince Wil­liam steps down from pi­lot job to be a full-time royal

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

LONDON — Bri­tain’s Prince Wil­liam was sched­uled to re­tire from the air am­bu­lance ser­vice on Thurs­day, af­ter two years in which he wit­nessed “ap­palling tragedies”, in order to turn his full at­ten­tion to royal du­ties.

The Duke of Cam­bridge, sec­ond in line to the Bri­tish throne, will fin­ish his brief ca­reer as an air am­bu­lance pi­lot in the east of Eng­land with a night shift.

The move comes as his grand­mother Queen El­iz­a­beth II and her hus­band, the Duke of Ed­in­burgh, take a step back from royal du­ties and leave the younger gen­er­a­tion to take their place.

Re­flect­ing on his time fly­ing med­i­cal crews from a base at Cam­bridge Air­port, Wil­liam praised the dedication of those who work for the emer­gency ser­vices.

“As part of the team, I have been in­vited into peo­ple’s homes to share mo­ments of ex­treme emo­tion, from re­lief that we have given some­one a fight­ing chance, to pro- found grief,” he said in an editorial pub­lished by The Eastern Daily Press.

Res­i­den­tial gar­dens, school fields and beaches have all been used as makeshift land- ing pads as the air am­bu­lance crew rushed to the most se­ri­ous med­i­cal emer­gen­cies.

“As a team, we travel to some very daunt­ing in­ci­dents and we have been through some in­cred­i­bly tough times to­gether, wit­ness­ing some ap­palling tragedies,” Wil­liam said.

Wil­liam, el­der son of Prince Charles, de­tailed some mo­ments which had stuck with him, such as the “in­cred­i­bly tough day” when he was called out to a man who had com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Wil­liam said the ex­pe­ri­ence had made him all the more de­ter­mined to draw at­ten­tion to men­tal health, a cause he has cham­pi­oned along­side his wife Kate and brother Prince Harry.

Be­fore his final shift, Wil­liam was de­scribed as “not only a fan­tas­tic pi­lot, but a much loved and val­ued mem­ber of the crew” by Patrick Peal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance.

As a team, we travel to some very daunt­ing in­ci­dents and we have been through some in­cred­i­bly tough times to­gether, wit­ness­ing some ap­palling tragedies.” Prince Wil­liam, re­flect­ing on his air am­bu­lance ser­vice

STEFAN ROUSSEAU / REUTERS

Prince Wil­liam be­gins his new job as a co-pi­lot at Cam­bridge Air­port, United King­dom, on July 13, 2015.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from China

© PressReader. All rights reserved.