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Prince William.....

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grannyactivist Thu 07-Aug-14 13:34:11 to become an air ambulance pilot. smile I'm glad that his training as a helicopter pilot will continue to be of use and it's a 'proper' job.
My daughter has completed her aero-medical training and recently got her 'wings' as a Life Flight specialist in Auckland NZ so I have some understanding of the training he'll need and what the job involves. Not for the squeamish - even as a pilot.

merlotgran Thu 07-Aug-14 13:42:12

We've just been watching this on the News. Good for him.

The family will be living on the Sandringham Estate which is a long way from Cambridge Airport so I wonder whether he'll commute or stay in Cambridge when he's on duty.

HildaW Thu 07-Aug-14 13:53:57

Seems like an ideal set-up, in that horrid modern parlance....its a 'win, win' situation. Hope he enjoys the challenge!

Charleygirl Thu 07-Aug-14 15:55:53

I believe that he is donating his salary to the air ambulance fund.

Culag Thu 07-Aug-14 17:55:04

It wasn't long ago he was attending a course in agriculture in Cambridge. I thought he was going to become a farmer??..

merlotgran Thu 07-Aug-14 18:02:00

Culag The course in agriculture was because he will one day inherit the Duchy of Cornwall.

Don't know why he did it in Cambridge though. hmm

hildajenniJ Thu 07-Aug-14 18:04:42

That boy loves flying helicopters! The agriculture will come in handy when he inherits all the Duchy Organics from Prince Charles.

feldmarschallin Thu 07-Aug-14 18:30:16

Had a front-seat view from my office window when, a couple of months ago, I watched first the local air ambulance and then the RAF rescue team assist in taking an injured lady to hospital. The skill, courage and commitment of those people was driven home that day - I wasn't the only one to shed a tear when the poor victim was finally winched away to safety.

Our "Kings and Queens in Waiting" have, in recent times, given of their time and skill to serving others. Good to hear that William will continue in this service in a new and imaginative role.

sparkygran Thu 07-Aug-14 18:31:55

Good for you Prince William doing a worthwhile job while flying the helicopters that we all know you love doing is just great.

Culag Thu 07-Aug-14 19:21:34

I hope when he inherits the Duchy of Cornwall and Ducky Duchy Organics, he doesn't also inherit his father's dislike of modern science.

I shall give him a cheery wave next time I see the air ambulance.

Penstemmon Thu 07-Aug-14 19:23:20

Pleased to see he is doing something useful!

Anne58 Thu 07-Aug-14 19:27:11

Here in rural North Devon we have often seen the air ambulance deployed, it is a vital service.

Does anyone else harbour a sneaky feeling that Charles will never be King? At times he seems far to politically involved to be able to assume the role of what should be an a-political monarch.

I wouldn't be in the least surprised to see William as the next King.

merlotgran Thu 07-Aug-14 19:29:31

I suppose it depends on how much longer the Queen lives. I can't see Charles passing the crown down to William unless he's old and infirm.

jinglbellsfrocks Thu 07-Aug-14 19:29:50

It seems a bit tame for him. And Cambridgeshire is n't exactly mountainous.

jinglbellsfrocks Thu 07-Aug-14 19:30:51

That Sandingham estate looks a bit bleak too.

Culag Thu 07-Aug-14 19:31:34

Here's hoping Phoenix. wine

jinglbellsfrocks Thu 07-Aug-14 19:31:44

Recipe for depression, I would think.

merlotgran Thu 07-Aug-14 19:31:45

There are a lot of road accidents though, jingle and Addenbrookes Hospital serves a huge area. They rely very heavily on the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

jinglbellsfrocks Thu 07-Aug-14 19:32:55

That's mean culag. Charles will be a great king.

Culag Thu 07-Aug-14 19:33:39

And the traffic is horrendous during busy times. I see the air ambulance regularly.

jinglbellsfrocks Thu 07-Aug-14 19:33:56

Yes. Not much different than an ambulance driver. Valuable as they are.

Anne58 Thu 07-Aug-14 21:00:28

jingl not entirely sure I can agree with you re. Charles being a great King, it's a role that often requires great diplomacy, which can also be defined as keeping ones mouth shut on occasions, perhaps Charles may not be able to do that with regard to certain issues/policies.

Usual disclaimer: Could be wrong, often am.

Anne58 Thu 07-Aug-14 21:02:36

PS Meant to add, when it comes to it, Charles may even decide that certain aspects of the role (mainly those mentioned above) don't suit him, and that he may be better able to achieve his goals or actively promote them from a different role?

merlotgran Thu 07-Aug-14 21:08:01

William might not want the role until his father dies. He has a young child and obviously likes to live a fairly normal life whenever possible.

I also think Charles will be a good King.

Stansgran Thu 07-Aug-14 21:20:22

Let's not write off the Queen yet. Her mother lived to a grand old age. I hate it when the newspapers say 'the future king' talking about Prince George. There's many a slip....