Prince William has authorized the landing and refueling of air ambulances in Kensington Palace during the pandemic.
The 37-year-old Duke of Cambridge, who became a patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity in March, has offered a piece of grassland normally used for helicopters belonging to the royal family.
We hope the move will save lives, as it means paramedics will no longer have to waste time flying to Watford – the nearest tank base – to refuel, reports the Evening standard.
The scheme allows pilots to land and take off from Perks Field, a patch of grassland next to the palace, London home and office of Prince William and his wife Kate, 38.
The Duke of Cambridge, 37, who became a patron of the London Air Ambulance Charity in March, has offered a piece of grassland normally used for Royal Family helicopters at Kensington Palace on London Air Ambulance. Pictured arriving at the Royal London Hospital aboard a London Air Ambulance helicopter in January 2019
A royal source told the publication, “Perks Field has been made available to the London Air Ambulance. The palaces are happy to help in these times. ‘
The Cambridges are currently locked in their Norfolk residence, Anmer Hall, with their three children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
A former search and rescue helicopter pilot, the Prince flew as a physician with the East Anglian Air Ambulance for two years until 2017, before stepping down to take on more royal roles on behalf of the Queen.
He was previously known as Flight Lieutenant Wales when serving with the RAF in Angelsey, North Wales.
A royal source said, “Perks Field has been made available to the London Air Ambulance. The palaces are happy to help in these times. In the photo: the statue of Queen Victoria and Kensington Palace
During his three-year tour, the Duke participated in 156 search and rescue missions – saving 149 people.
Last year, the father of three was the patron of London Air Ambulance’s 30th anniversary campaign for 2019.
In January 2019, he visited the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, where he met clinicians, paramedics, pilots and crew and piloted the helicopter that kept the London Air Ambulance on standby there.
In November of the same year, he attended the charity’s gala and was called “one of their own” by the staff present.
A former search and rescue helicopter pilot, Prince William flew as a physician with the East Anglian Air Ambulance for two years until 2017, before stepping down to take on more royal roles on behalf of the Queen. In the photo, he started his new job at the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) at Cambridge Airport on July 13, 2015
Jonathan Jenkins, the CEO of the Air Ambulance Charity in London, said: ‘We are honored that The Duke of Cambridge has chosen to become a patron of the Air Ambulance charity in London after meeting us last year. The Duke really understands our work and knows that every second counts in an emergency. ‘
He added, “We know that with his help and continued public support, our crews can reach those who need them most – by serving the people of London 24 hours a day, every day of the year. ‘
In March, it was reported that the prince was keen to return to the NHS as an air ambulance pilot to do his bit in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.
In March, it was reported that the prince (pictured in 2015 working for the East Anglian Air Ambulance) was keen to return to the NHS as an air ambulance pilot to do his bit in the fight against the deadly coronavirus
He is said to have made the confession while visiting an NHS call center in Croydon, South London.
A source said The sunWilliam has seriously considered returning as an air ambulance pilot to help with the current pandemic.
“He knows the whole country is doing his bit and wants to help. But it’s complicated because he was originally fired from the job so he could become a senior working royal.
That role is even more important now that Charles has been ill, Harry has walked away with Meghan, and Andrew has been effectively excluded from public life. But William is committed to helping. ‘