Before becoming a full-time royal, Prince William worked as an air ambulance pilot for some time.
Kensington Palace just announced that Prince William has become a patron of London’s Air Ambulance Charity. This comes after Prince William’s patronage of the organization’s year-long 30th-anniversary campaign in 2019.
This is a charity that has a special place in the Duke’s heart, as he himself has been part of the service, working as an air ambulance pilot for East Anglian Air Ambulance for over two years. In a statement announcing his new patronage, Kensington Palace said: “His Royal Highness has seen first-hand the impact these first responders have upon the lives of patients with critical injuries. As Patron of the London’s Air Ambulance Charity, the Duke will continue to champion those working on the frontline, and highlight the charity’s vital work in supporting the London’s Air Ambulance’s rapid response to incidents, and its provision of life-saving medical treatment.”
Last year Prince William made a visit to the Royal London Hospital, where he co-piloted the London Air Ambulance’s standby helicopter and got the chance to meet with clinicians, paramedics, pilots and crew members and share their experiences and challenges that come with this line of work, especially for them as they are first responders in the capital. The LAAC’s anniversary campaign was one of the eight charities represented in the King’s Cup sailing regatta on the Isle of Wight last year in August, where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge competed in on opposing teams.
Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of London’s Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are honoured that the Duke of Cambridge has chosen to become Patron of London’s Air Ambulance charity after getting to know us last year. The Duke truly understands our work and knows that every second count in an emergency.
“We know that with his help as well as the continued support of the public, our crews can reach those who need them most – serving the people of London 24 hours a day, every day of the year.”