Prince William has completed his last shift as an air ambulance pilot.

Prince William

Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge is stepping down from his position with the East Anglian Air Ambulance so he can focus more on his royal duties, after two years of helping to save people's lives by piloting the helicopters and paramedics to and from medical emergencies.

Patrick Peal, EAAA's chief executive, said: "William has been an integral part of the 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. 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 eleven highly respected pilots who help us to save hundreds of lives each year."

Prince William announced in January that he would be stepping down from the job and said it was a "huge privilege" to work with the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

He said in a statement at the time: "It has been a huge privilege to fly with the East Anglia 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.

"I would like to thank the people of East Anglia for being so supportive of my role and for letting me get on with the job when they have seen me in the community or at our region's hospitals. I would especially like to thank all of my colleagues at EAAA, Babcock and Cambridge Airport for their friendship and support. I have loved being part of a team of professional, talented people that save lives every day. My admiration for our country's medical and emergency services community could not be any stronger."

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