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Prince William's Air Ambulance Pilot Days (and Nights) Over

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Prince William when he started with East Anglian Air Ambulance in 2015. (Stefan Rousseau WPA - Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 06:34 AM

Prince William's air ambulance pilot days and nights were over after the royal completed his last shift on Thursday -- something for which his wife Kate is probably silently grateful.

In an editorial in for the Eastern Daily Press, the prince expressed his gratitude for being able to work for the past two years with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, based out of the Cambridge Airport near his home. He said he was "so proud to serve" the residents of East Anglia along with his air ambulance team.

The prince and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, have been raising their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte there.

Before joining the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Prince William flew rescue helicopters for Britain's Royal Air Force in North Wales for more than three years, People magazine reported.

"Over the past two years I have met people from across the region who were in the most desperate of circumstances," Prince William said about his air ambulance service. "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 profound grief.”

"I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people’s lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which I hope to continue to champion even as I leave the profession. I am hugely grateful for having had this experience."

"… You need to be physically and mentally fit to do this job properly and so we are encouraged to talk through the things we have seen, to share the trauma within the team. I now know though that there are things that cannot be unseen and experiences that our first responders deal with on a daily basis that they will carry with them for life."

Prince William announced in January that he was leaving the air ambulanceservice to attend to his royal duties full time, The Telegraph said. The family is moving to London, and a spokesman for the family said Prince George would start school there in September.

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