The Duke of Cambridge is to train as an air ambulance pilot before taking up a full time role next year. Prince William will begin a civilian pilot course next month followed by dedicated 999-response training. If successful he will join the East Anglian Air Ambulance based at Cambridge Airport next spring. He will be paid a salary which he will donate in full to the charity.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said the Duke is "very much looking forward to" the next step in his career. Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), welcomed the announcement, saying the organisation would benefit both from William's skills as a pilot and from a boost to the charity's profile.
Mr Peal added: "This is really good news for the charity and we're delighted His Highness has decided to fly with us. "We are confident this will help raise the profile of the charity and other air ambulance charities in the region and across the UK.
"We're very fortunate that we currently enjoy tremendous levels of support but fundraising is always a challenge - we're looking to raise £7.5 million a year to continue the lifesaving work - and I'm sure that this will help to raise the profile of the charity."
His main duties will involve flying an EC145 T2 aircraft, working alongside medics to respond to emergencies ranging from road accidents to heart attacks. The Duke will fly missions in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
As new parents, William and Kate are expected to split their time between their new home at Anmer Hall near Sandringham in Norfolk and their apartment at Kensington Palace.