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Old 08-08-2014, 12:09 PM
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From The Daily Telegraph - it explains what the job entails. I've had to edit so I've just kept in the detail of the actual job.

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The Duke of Cambridge will clock on for eight-hour day or night shifts with East Anglian Air Ambulance, working on a four days on, four days off system.

While on duty he could take part in anything from no operations to nine or 10 flights a day....
Road traffic collisions make up a large proportion of the charity's work but other emergencies, including heart attacks, sporting injuries and other accidents are also common.

A typical busy shift is likely to involve between four and five call-outs, working alongside other emergency services.

- The job will be to react to 999 calls as required by ambulance control.
- deployed in any emergency medical situation where using a helicopter will be in the best interests of the patient.

- be dealing with more injured people than he is perhaps used to.

- pilot's first job of the day is to check the aircraft over and join a briefing covering weather conditions and any minor problems with the helicopter

- In between call-outs the Duke will be expected to carry out training, admin tasks and help welcome guests to the airstrip.

- Along with an engineer, he will also be responsible for ensuring the helicopter is clean and well maintained.
Crews are expected to be airborne between four and five minutes after receiving a call.
They aim to arrive at the scene anywhere in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire within 25 minutes
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:38 PM
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Well, despite the size of the kingdom Prince William apparently is boring himself to death, with no royal role and decides to take away someone else's job... Turn it to the left, turn it to the right: if the Prince was not steering in that helicopter, someone else would have had that job.
Has anyone considered that William might be a very very good pilot. The military spent money training him to fly, I am glad he is putting his training to good use.

Before William, children of the monarch were not expected to hold "real" jobs. They spent time in the military, but majority of their lives was spent opening malls, hospital wings etc.
It appears that many want William to spend his days opening shopping centers and hospital wings, attending charity lunches, much like Prince Andrew spends his days.
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:57 PM
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Before William, children of the monarch were not expected to hold "real" jobs. They spent time in the military, but majority of their lives was spent opening malls, hospital wings etc...
PR is one of the most stressfull jobs I have ever had! In the begining it was all fun, parties, travelling and so on. After some time, all I wanted to do was to stay home in my pyjamas watching tv. I stayed days away from home, never had a time for myself. And the telephone never stopped ringing. I can assure you that in the end all benefits I got worthed nothing compared to the pains I suffered.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:00 PM
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Has anyone considered that William might be a very very good pilot. The military spent money training him to fly, I am glad he is putting his training to good use.

Before William, children of the monarch were not expected to hold "real" jobs. They spent time in the military, but majority of their lives was spent opening malls, hospital wings etc.
It appears that many want William to spend his days opening shopping centers and hospital wings, attending charity lunches, much like Prince Andrew spends his days.
I'm not sure that it's a good thing to lessen the job of being a working member of the royal family to justify William's interest to work as a pilot for the Air Ambulance. Senior members of the royal family work pretty hard on what they on a full-time bases to increase the reach of The Queen.

I think William has figured that before he move on to full-time royal duties which is hard work in itself, he wanted to work in the field that he's skillfully trained for and passionate about. Royal duties can be very fulfilling if you carve out you role and interest in your own special way. Charles has been waiting for the "top job" (as Diana called it) for years and with no rule book but he's managed to make a happy role for himself as Prince of Wales. He's so passionate about what he do and lending help to men, women and children in many areas, it drives him to keep going.

Being a full-time and senior member of royal family don't have to be boring.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:07 PM
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Good for Prince William for having a proper job – Telegraph Blogs
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Prince William is spending two years with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, and putting his royal duties on the backburner, while not giving them up altogether.

Of course, it's not that great an achievement to have a job – most people do it without any fanfare. But no previous heirs to the throne have had a normal job in this way. Prince Andrew did – serving heroically in the Falklands.

The brother in the hot seat, Prince Charles, has done all sorts of admirable things but he has never done a job which hasn't depended on his royal status.

In Prince William's position, it would be hard not to be beguiled – or driven mad – by a huge fortune, permanent sycophancy on all sides and the dull but easy round of royal duties. How strange it must be, waiting for a job that depends on your immediate family dying.

Good for him for choosing the more difficult path – and, ultimately, the more rewarding, interesting and admirable one.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:15 PM
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You are discussing the same thing over and over again, and the royal family is not too big. In Norway people complain that the royal family does too little, some believe it is because the royal family is too small. Norway has a population of 5,100,000.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:03 PM
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I would much rather see William working a real job as opposed to ribbon cuttings etc. I think it says a great deal about him that he wants to continue working ...and very meaningful work.

The Queen and the PoW are supporting this or he wouldn't be doing it.

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Old 08-08-2014, 05:06 PM
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I don't think all the members of the RF should be cut off, but some need to. Being the cousin or nephew of a King/Queen for instance, also a grand child of the queen should perhaps be taken away after awhile. Beatrice and Eugenie are in their mid 20s now, they should go the route of having real jobs. I heard the reason the family is so big now is because when she became queen she brought all her cousins into it because she needed help. Zara and Peter aren't technically royal but what jobs do they have?
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:07 PM
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"Ribbon Cutting" is a PR job = Real job.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:12 PM
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I don't think all the members of the RF should be cut off, but some need to. Being the cousin or nephew of a King/Queen for instance, also a grand child of the queen should perhaps be taken away after awhile. Beatrice and Eugenie are in their mid 20s now, they should go the route of having real jobs. I heard the reason the family is so big now is because when she became queen she brought all her cousins into it because she needed help. Zara and Peter aren't technically royal but what jobs do they have?
Beatrice and Eugenie have jobs, and Eugenie is now working in States for the forseeable future.

Zara is a full time equestrian - that is a career.

Peter is the UK boss of a sports sponsorship organisation. He is running a grand prix event in London either this or next weekend. google it, lots of info.

No royal duties for these 4 they attend family events

The children of the Kents and Glos. all work and have no royal duties - they only attend family events.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:21 PM
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Warm welcome as Prince William confirms he is to become East Anglian Air Ambulance pilot | Bishop's Stortford news
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The charity's chief executive, Patrick Peal, said: "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."

The charity said the duke would be based at Cambridge Airport. He will be paid a salary which he will donate in full to the charity, according to Kensington Palace.

Daryl Brown, chief executive of fellow air ambulance charity in the Eastern Region, Magpas Helimedix, said: "We very much welcome the Duke of Cambridge to the county and to the East of England, as he begins working alongside our specialist doctors and paramedics. We also hugely appreciate his support for all the air ambulance charities in the Eastern counties and indeed in the rest of the country.

"We look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness to the Magpas Helimedix Operations Base at RAF Wyton for a tour, once he has settled into his new role. Magpas Founder, Dr Neville Silverston MBE, also had the pleasure of meeting Prince William when he first visited the county with the Duchess of Cambridge.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:54 PM
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It has become more and more criticism of William and Catherine on this forum. I don't understand why, they are doing nothing wrong in my eyes.
I have followed this forum for almost 9 years and has been a member since last year, but now I'm starting to get tired of this increasing nonsense.
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Co-incidentally, a rather pushy and somewhat frustrated fund-raiser from East Anglia Air Ambulance called to my home yesterday, unannounced, asking for donations by way of entering into a monthly lottery for which my bank details would be required for the direct debit. I offered a cash donation instead because one should never give personal information like bank details to strangers at the door (how do I know the identification is real?!), but it was refused as they don't accept cash! Gone are days when a nice old lady would come round on flag day for a few pennies and you actually got a sticker to wear!
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:13 PM
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I don't think all the members of the RF should be cut off, but some need to. Being the cousin or nephew of a King/Queen for instance, also a grand child of the queen should perhaps be taken away after awhile. Beatrice and Eugenie are in their mid 20s now, they should go the route of having real jobs. I heard the reason the family is so big now is because when she became queen she brought all her cousins into it because she needed help. Zara and Peter aren't technically royal but what jobs do they have?
Much that is wrong in this post, many Americans who criticize on this forum without knowing the facts.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:13 PM
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It has become more and more criticism of William and Catherine on this forum. I don't understand why, they are doing nothing wrong in my eyes.
I have followed this forum for almost 9 years and has been a member since last year, but now I'm starting to get tired of this increasing nonsense.
i agree. I was going to stop about 6 months ago for the same reason. Got persuaded not to. It is boring, just so boring that some posters criticise because all they want to do is support their favourites.

i am British and I really care about the future of the monarchy in my country. i think both William and Catherine will carry the monarchy forward in a way that is relevant. I appreciate the Queen but she has an Ecwardian court. charles won't continue that and neither will William. Catherine is there to support him. I have never heard criticism of the Queen Mother or Prince Philip for doing that. So why criticise Catherine?
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:20 PM
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i agree. I was going to stop about 6 months ago for the same reason. Got persuaded not to. It is boring, just so boring that some posters criticise because all they want to do is support their favourites.

i am British and I really care about the future of the monarchy in my country. i think both William and Catherine will carry the monarchy forward in a way that is relevant. I appreciate the Queen but she has an Ecwardian court. charles won't continue that and neither will William. Catherine is there to support him. I have never heard criticism of the Queen Mother or Prince Philip for doing that. So why criticise Catherine?

I agree about the Queen having an Edwardian court. So many people in here doesnt seem to realise that a lot of things will change in the years to come when Charles and then William accedes to the throne. Changes that have been happening in the other European monarchies from the fifties and onwards.


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Beatrice and Eugenie have jobs, and Eugenie is now working in States for the forseeable future.



Zara is a full time equestrian - that is a career.



Peter is the UK boss of a sports sponsorship organisation. He is running a grand prix event in London either this or next weekend. google it, lots of info.



No royal duties for these 4 they attend family events



The children of the Kents and Glos. all work and have no royal duties - they only attend family events.

If that is true, and I'm not saying I don't believe you, the it would appear the family is not that big, unless all those kids get money from the Queen.
And let's say all their parents are out of the picture by the time Charles is King, isn't he going to need the help of the kids because Camilla William Charles Kate and Harry can't do it all? The full time royals are getting older aren't they? With the exception of the Wessex couple.
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:25 PM
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Much that is wrong in this post, many Americans who criticize on this forum without knowing the facts.

Excuse me I am not criticizing anyone especially not the BRF I am inquiring and asking questions to gather info and putting it together with hearsay.
I have heard for awhile that Charles wants to downsize and I am trying to feel out how that would go about and that was the point of my post. Please stop assuming things.
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He DID have a transitional year--many changes that would have cut into a normal work or military schedule--ie, royal tour in Aus/NZ, agriculture course, and most importantly having a baby and working on the remodeling of two properties that will probably be theirs for years to come.

Those things (especially starting a family) are transitional-his life is changing, even if his proximity to the throne isn't.

And, at the end of the day, why not spend time with family and producing/raising your heir? The Queen, Prince of Wales, etc., know this is time this young family will never get back. Why not let them enjoy it?
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I think this is good news. A lot of time and resources were spent turning William into a well trained pilot, he seems to love the work, and there's enough flexibility in the schedule that he can keep up with various royal engagements.

As long as he is not the heir, and as long as The Queen and PoW are both healthy enough to continue their current schedules, I think it's reasonable for William to continue to blend his royal duties with other meaningful work. It's also a positive for the future monarch to have experience with a full on, sustained career that relies on what he can do rather than who he is.
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