Less than a year after he announced he was leaving the Armed Forces, Prince William is preparing to return to the skies.
The royal, who spent three years flying rescue helicopters before taking time off to focus on his “royal duties and charity work”, is now ready to take on a new career, as an air ambulance pilot.
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Prince William is said to be considering a career as an air ambulance pilot
William, 32, is said to be considering the role with the East Anglian Air Ambulance service, People reports.
“The Duke of Cambridge is currently considering his options and an announcement will be made in due course,” a spokesperson said.
The new job would make sense logistically for the royal father. He would be based near Anmer Hall, the country residence that he and the Duchess of Cambridge are currently renovating.
The prince clearly misses being in the air. During his recent tour of New Zealand, he became wistful while visiting an air-force museum.
Prince William, who carries the title Flight Lieutenant Wales, trained as a search and rescue pilot in 2009
“He told me that being in a hall full of aircraft made him long to be flying again,” Peter Townsend, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce, revealed. “He”s got his private license and he is hoping for his commercial one.”
William, who celebrated his 32nd birthday at the weekend, will perhaps have the chance to get behind the controls of the luxury helicopter the Queen recently leased for members of the royal family.
The 2008 Augusta A109S Grand has been made available for the working royals, including William and Kate, to help transport them between official events.