Out with the old, according to Prince William! The Duke of Cambridge is officially quitting his job as an air ambulance pilot as of Thursday, July 27, Kensington Palace announced.

“On his final day at work, The Duke will arrive for a night shift, and attend the hand over briefings from the day team as usual. He will then join his teammates at the helicopter he has flown for the past two years for a group photograph,” a statement from the palace read.

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Patrick Peal, Chief Executive of East Anglian Air Ambulance, also spoke out about William leaving after more than two years with the EAAA. “William has been an integral part of the East Anglian Air Ambulance team for the past two years He is not only a fantastic pilot, but a much loved and valued member of the crew; he will be truly missed by everyone at EAAA, ” he said. “As one would expect, there has been a lot of excitement surrounding William and his work with the charity. To us, he has simply been another hard-working member of the team; one of 11 highly respected pilots who help us to save hundreds of lives each year.”

William, 35, opened up about his experience as an air ambulance pilot in a recent BBC documentary. “There are some very sad, dark moments and [my rescue team and I] talk about it a lot. But it’s hard. You try not to take it away with you but it can be quite difficult,” he shared. “If you share the same, in some cases, sad incidents, then if you can get over it together by being able to talk about it in the future. Being a close team you come away with a collective way of dealing with it together and it helps you move on to whatever you’ve got to do next.”

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William during his first day at EAAA.

In another Kensington Palace statement, the father-of-two said, “It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Following on from my time in the military, I have had experiences in this job I will carry with me for the rest of my life, and that will add a valuable perspective to my Royal work for decades to come.” We can’t wait to see what’s in store for William!

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