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Prince William Quits Job as Air Ambulance Pilot

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Britain's Prince William starts his final shift with the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport, England, July 27, 2017.

Britain's Prince William is hanging up his flight suit for the last time.

The heir to the British throne worked the night shift Thursday at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he has been flying medical crews to emergencies for about two years.

The 35-year-old Duke of Cambridge is giving up his job to become a full-time royal.

Britain's Prince William poses with crew members of the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport, England, July 27, 2017.
Britain's Prince William poses with crew members of the East Anglian Air Ambulance at Cambridge Airport, England, July 27, 2017.

"As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the region every day,'' he wrote in an exclusive story in the Eastern Daily Press, a newspaper that serves the community near the ambulance service's base at southern England's Cambridge airport.

His team assisted people in life-threatening moments such as a heart attack or a car crash. William said he was glad he could contribute and be part of a team that changed people's lives.

"I have been invited into people's homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief,'' he said.

FILE - Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017.
FILE - Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2017.

The job change also has to do with location. William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, will be spending less time in their Norfolk residence and be carrying out more duties in London, where their 4-year-old son, Prince George, is due to start school.

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