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Old 06-03-2015, 05:33 AM
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Wow, just wow

I am a doctor and I can tell you that air ambulance pilots are not "just pilots" or " only flying the chopper" to their colleagues or the patients they transport. Different countries have different requirements for their pilots so I wont comment on William's level of medical training.
Just because he doesnt have the same level of medical training as the medics does not mean what he does is less important. Just like most medics dont need to know how to fly a chopper, doesnt make them " just medics".
Unless you have flown a helicopter with a dying patient on it, you have no idea what it entails.

I hate it when people belittle the role that other people play when saving patient lives. Its not just us doctors, we couldnt function without the paramedics, nurses, allied health, radiology or the pilots who get the patients to us within the "golden hour".

William loves flying and being able to do what you love while helping save a life is a priceless feeling.

So he will not be " just a pilot" or "just flying the chopper" , he, like the rest of his team will be saving lives.
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I'm trying to think of other members of the BRF-let along heirs in the line of succession-who actively worked to literally save people's lives, besides those who were soldiers. I commend Prince William for the fine work he's doing. This is a very high calling IMO.
I agree, in his role with the Air Ambulance, William is just serving the British public in a slightly different way than other members of the RF. I am glad he has chosen to do so, and utilising his flying skills at the same time.
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Old 06-04-2015, 01:10 AM
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Yes. Princess Mary, later the Princess Royal, did some nursing during WWI, I believe. Then there was Princess Elizabeth and her ATS training during WWII. I suppose all the men took military training of some kind and served as long as they were able and needed, although the Duke of Gloucester is an architect by training.


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Princess Alexandra undertook a nursing course at Great Ormond St. BUt gave it up when HMQ needed support with royal duties.
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Old 06-06-2015, 11:35 PM
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I agree, in his role with the Air Ambulance, William is just serving the British public in a slightly different way than other members of the RF. I am glad he has chosen to do so, and utilising his flying skills at the same time.
I think most of the British citizens are proud that P William is brilliantly serving his countrymen by using his skills. I know when I was in England last September, people spoke highly of his role in the family so far. Whatever he does [or not do] I am sure is run past the Queen and his father. I don't believe that P William would ever knowingly insult either by not doing something they thought was essential to his position.
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Old 07-13-2015, 08:56 AM
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May I express my opinion? I think it si great that William is proud of Kate as a mother and of his children (as any family man should be), but I am tired of still hearing the queen is "active" and that he hopes to keep on doing what he likes for a long time... Please, stop.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:02 AM
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May I express my opinion? I think it si great that William is proud of Kate as a mother and of his children (as any family man should be), but I am tired of still hearing the queen is "active" and that he hopes to keep on doing what he likes for a long time... Please, stop.
Well, she is active, but he knows he can only do his job for a few years. Obviously, he would like to do it for a very long time, but that's not likely to happen. With her turning 90 next year (God's willing) things are going to get more interesting down the road. He knows that and have expressed it.

I'm excited for him on this new job and it's very touching to hear William talk about his family and the wonderful job Catherine is doing. The man has done very well for himself.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:09 AM
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He doesn't say that he wants to do what he likes for a long time. He said the Queen is active and shows great leadership. Then talks about his father.

What is he suppose to say -I hope Granny and Pa die soon so I can be King.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne...Charlotte.html


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Old 07-13-2015, 09:12 AM
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Well, she is active, but he knows he can only do his job for a few years. Obviously, he would like to do it for a very long time, but that's not likely to happen. With her turning 90 next year (God's willing) things are going to get more interesting down the road. He knows that and have expressed it.

I'm excited for him on this new job and it's very touching to hear William talk about his family and the wonderful job Catherine is doing. The man has done very well for himself.

What I mean it that he gives me the impression of not realizing yet that things could change very fast when a monarch is old... And I really believe if William keeps thinking his granny is eternal he will have a very tough awakening when the times of becoming the heir comes... I am sorry to say this but this is my view and I 've hold it for years now: I am not sure William is fully convinced of becoming King...
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:29 AM
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I think William is very much a realist and knows and understands how quickly life can change in a blink of an eye. He's witnessed that at a young age when he lost his mother overnight. I think, like the rest of us, William is very enamored of his grandmother and grandfather and its from them he's learned the meaning of heartfelt duty and service and fully sees that they're still on the go, active and doing what they do best. He's also seen in the past couple of years that age can and does affect people and health problems crop up when least expected. William is a man that has grown up with quite a few role models in the "how to be royal" department yet on the other hand, with Kate and the Middletons, he's found out just how to have a happy, normal family life with wife and kids and a dog to come home to where Daddy goes off to work and can come home to a loving home and family.

Yes, he realizes that in a blink of an eye his life may change from an air ambulance co-pilot to being the heir to the throne and full time royal duties perhaps even as The Prince of Wales but that loving home and family will always be there no matter what.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:29 AM
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If anyone knows how fast things can change it's William. It's silly to think he isn't aware of the state of his grandparents. He's giving the standard correct answers to the media...he's not going to do some sort of panorama interview like his mother (or his father) did.


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Old 07-13-2015, 09:33 AM
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I think William is very much a realist and knows and understands how quickly life can change in a blink of an eye. He's witnessed that at a young age when he lost his mother overnight. I think, like the rest of us, William is very enamored of his grandmother and grandfather and its from them he's learned the meaning of heartfelt duty and service and fully sees that they're still on the go, active and doing what they do best. He's also seen in the past couple of years that age can and does affect people and health problems crop up when least expected. William is a man that has grown up with quite a few role models in the "how to be royal" department yet on the other hand, with Kate and the Middletons, he's found out just how to have a happy, normal family life with wife and kids and a dog to come home to where Daddy goes off to work and can come home to a loving home and family.

Yes, he realizes that in a blink of an eye his life may change from an air ambulance co-pilot to being the heir to the throne and full time royal duties perhaps even as The Prince of Wales but that loving home and family will always be there no matter what.
I agree. He expresses that he would love to do this "as long as he can juggle it" so he is well aware of having to make that change sooner or later. But I think one thing he has learnt by losing his mother at such a young age is to take the chance when you got it. He can fly now, if it is for 6 months or 8 years is nothing he will know now, but he knows that he can do it now and he has found a way to keep himself grounded and I admire that.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:35 AM
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If anyone knows how fast things can change it's William. It's silly to think he isn't aware of the state of his grandparents. He's giving the standard correct answers to the media...he's not going to do some sort of panorama interview like his mother (or his father) did.


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I agree. It is the positive tone interview. What would happen if he said stuff like "when the queen dies". People would start speculating HARD on her health and such. He mildly "not answers" the question if he is jelaous of the others who will be able to continue the career, probably because he is, but that doesn't mean he won't fullfill his commitment well when it comes. Wasn't it the queens father that fell on the floor crying when he learnt that he would have to be king?
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:39 AM
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I think William is very much a realist and knows and understands how quickly life can change in a blink of an eye. He's witnessed that at a young age when he lost his mother overnight. I think, like the rest of us, William is very enamored of his grandmother and grandfather and its from them he's learned the meaning of heartfelt duty and service and fully sees that they're still on the go, active and doing what they do best. He's also seen in the past couple of years that age can and does affect people and health problems crop up when least expected. William is a man that has grown up with quite a few role models in the "how to be royal" department yet on the other hand, with Kate and the Middletons, he's found out just how to have a happy, normal family life with wife and kids and a dog to come home to where Daddy goes off to work and can come home to a loving home and family.

Yes, he realizes that in a blink of an eye his life may change from an air ambulance co-pilot to being the heir to the throne and full time royal duties perhaps even as The Prince of Wales but that loving home and family will always be there no matter what.
Very nice well done summery of the situation. Let's not forget, william will be king when his father dies, not his grandmother.
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:44 AM
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This is now being discussed in the General News and Information thread, but I post it here.

Video: Prince William hints at third child as he speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte - Telegraph

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"There’s nothing to say I couldn’t do it for the rest of my life. I might be able to, and still balance the two. But obviously at some point there is probably going to be a lot more pressure and responsibility from the other side of my life.

"At the moment I’m juggling the two of them, and a young family. I’m enjoying it, and I like the challenge, but yes, inevitably down the line, things will probably become a little bit more difficult for me to do that. But while I’m still relatively young, I can manage the two jobs as best I can.

“The term, ‘full-time royal role’ is bandied around quite a lot, and no-one actually really knows what that means, but I think I can still manage to do my commitments and my responsibilities as well as I can.

"The Queen is still very active and is still showing incredible leadership. My father is doing many, many engagements, as are the rest of the family, and so there’s a lot being done by the Royal family around the country. I hope to still be a part of that, and do as much as I can, but equally do something which I think is incredibly important and [will] prove me in good stead for the future.”
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Old 07-13-2015, 09:48 AM
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Thank you royalnorway! I was wrong: this is the right thread!
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:45 AM
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That's right. Charles is next up to bat, not William. Being the heir to the heir gives William many more options.

About the Queen, lets remember her mother made a visit to Canada at 91 and Prince Philip came to Canada at 91 or 92. Rather than pushing the Queen off the throne and telling her what's best we should look on in awe. The Queen can be active for another decade.

William knows what he's doing.
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Old 07-13-2015, 10:46 AM
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I fully expect them to have at least one more child but it would not surprise me at all if they have a total of 4 in the end.


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Old 07-13-2015, 11:13 AM
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I fully expect them to have at least one more child but it would not surprise me at all if they have a total of 4 in the end.


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I agree. I can easily imagine them with a total of four children by the time they're 40 years old.

I think they want a big family, and I'm sure the Duchess will forget about hyperemesis gravidarum the moment she sees her newborn baby for the first time.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:45 AM
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I fully expect them to have at least one more child but it would not surprise me at all if they have a total of 4 in the end.


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I feel the same way. They have the means to do that, and I hope that they do. William and Catherine enjoy being parents, it's plain to see, and they're happy. I say, many blessings.


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Old 07-13-2015, 11:50 AM
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He can't be trying to live his life with the idea that he can't do anything because someday he will be on the throne. He has to live his life accomplishing life goals with the knowledge that he will have to take on the role of POW then King. Someday. But not now. So live.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:55 AM
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The last seven posts are excellent! Yes, William is not up next, so he doesn't have to worry about juggling careers just yet, however, he is realistic, and is aware that his circumstances could change in a matter of minutes. He takes a healthy approach to his situation, and makes the best of it. I love how he talks about his wife and children. Such devotion is touching, and it's easy to tell he's sincere. He wanted a chance to have a family, and now that he has it, he'll make sure they come first, I have no doubt.


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