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His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to become a helicopter pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

After completing a mandatory period of training this autumn and winter, The Duke will start work with the Air Ambulance, based at Cambridge and Norwich Airports and flying both day and night shifts, in spring 2015. The Duke will start as a co-pilot but, after a period of training, will be qualified to fly as a helicopter commander.

This job will be the Duke’s primary occupation, but his roster will take into account the duties and responsibilities he will continue to undertake on behalf of The Queen, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. The Duke will also continue his work with his patronages and with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

In common with all other East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots, The Duke will be formally employed by Bond Air Services. He will draw a salary which he will donate in full to charity.

The Duke will begin training for his Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (Helicopter) in September, which is estimated to take a minimum of five months to complete. The Duke will continue to undertake engagements on behalf of The Queen and his charitable affiliations during this time.

Training for the ATPL (H) will culminate in 14 examinations and a flight test.

The job will build on The Duke’s operational experience in the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force, which His Royal Highness completed in September 2013. During this time he undertook more than 150 search and rescue operations.

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Highest of fives, Wills

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Anonymous asked: What do you think the enduring popularity of Kate and in general the royal family can be put down too? I know she's not long been married into the royal family but wherever she goes she's welcomed enthusiastically and attempts by the media to generate bad press, I.e too many holidays and excessive renovations, have failed to resonate with the public. Do we afford royalty more sympathy and understanding than we do most other peeps? I ask as a Kate fan.

allthingscatherineandmary:

royalkatedebate:

This is a typical answer, but I do think it’s the continuity. Celebrities come and go, but the BRF will continue as an institution. Even though the individual members pass on, there’s always that knowledge that there’ll be new kings and queens, new royal babies, new weddings etc. Obviously they’ve had times when their popularity has been low (eg 1992, 1997), but they do try to move with the times and make themselves relevant. IMO, they don’t need to be completely with the times, and I think keeping the old traditions is really important. You don’t go to Buckingham Palace to see where the Google hangout took place, you go to see the history. (Side note: this is why I don’t buy into ‘Harry should be king’)

As for Kate, I think people like her because she’s is what you’d expect a princess to be. I was lucky enough to be in London for the wedding, and I remember when she drove past in the car, and thinking ‘THAT’S a princess’. There was just something very regal about her and it was exciting to witness that moment in history. The good thing about the royals is they rarely respond to criticism or rumours. I think the fact that Kate just carries on from one engagement to the next is part of why she’s described as ‘elegant’ etc quite often. When stories have come out (topless pics, renovation criticism), you don’t see any sign of it on her face. I think she knows that this is what it will be like until the day she dies and so just deals with it. 

Re. the press, they do seem to try to whip up a frenzy about the cost of the Cambridges. Honestly, some of the time I think they do it to wind up the PR people. We all know that they don’t comment on personal stuff, and that the royal press pack hates that. There have been times that I wonder if they are just forcing them to make a comment.

But the press know that Kate is their golden ticket. They know that putting her on the front page will sell. I don’t think they can afford to push a negative image of her to hard because it will be really bad for their sales. That may change someday, like how Andrew doesn’t make the front pages for anything good.

I’m sure many members of the public are annoyed about the renovation/Norfolk move, but I can tell you as a Brit (I don’t know where you’re from so sorry if you are too), those stories don’t dominate the news. I know it seems like they do because they’re at the top of the Daily Mail site, but they don’t. I have never seen anything about that on TV/radio, and I would bet that the majority of the British public have never even heard about it. 

As for your actual question(!), I think we are generally more critical of the BRF because we can be. I don’t think we afford them more sympathy or understanding, I think we afford them less. But I think that’s because we know they’ll always be there. We feel like we have the right to critisise them because we pay something towards them. 

It’s important to remember (& I always remind myself of this!) that if we look at 100% of royal news/tweets etc, then a normal member of the public probably sees 10%. The press and royal PR is a game, from what they put out, to what they don’t, what they complain about etc. I think once people see nice pictures and the pomp and pageantry, they forget about some holiday WK went on in 2012.

To add to your comments - seeing them both in Canberra I noticed the same thing about Kate - she was businesslike while still being warm and was oh-so-elegant and regal. William too, but I really think she shone more. She just has a spark that he maybe lacks - whether it’s her trying just that bit harder because she feels she has more to prove…? (Not my opinion on her, just speculating…)

It was also written that during their SE Asia tour when the topless pics surfaced, how composed Kate was the next day, giving nothing away and acting as though nothing had happened. William on the other hand (and rightly so) was visibly seething. This would have had to endear them to many I think.

I agree, I definitely thinks she tries harder than William (because it comes more naturally to him).

There is a video of them walking past the press and onto a plane the day after the topless pics, Kate is smiling and Wills does nothing to hide his anger.

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allthingscatherineandmary asked: NICE THOUGHTS CHALLENGE. Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself publicly and then send it to 10 of your favourite followers. :)

Ok I really had to think about this!

1) I’m quite good at sewing and make presents and cards
2) I think I have good intuition
3) I like my hair
4) I’m nice most of the time
5) I’m quite good at mediating between people

Thanks for thinking of me :)

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Anonymous asked: What do you think the enduring popularity of Kate and in general the royal family can be put down too? I know she's not long been married into the royal family but wherever she goes she's welcomed enthusiastically and attempts by the media to generate bad press, I.e too many holidays and excessive renovations, have failed to resonate with the public. Do we afford royalty more sympathy and understanding than we do most other peeps? I ask as a Kate fan.

This is a typical answer, but I do think it’s the continuity. Celebrities come and go, but the BRF will continue as an institution. Even though the individual members pass on, there’s always that knowledge that there’ll be new kings and queens, new royal babies, new weddings etc. Obviously they’ve had times when their popularity has been low (eg 1992, 1997), but they do try to move with the times and make themselves relevant. IMO, they don’t need to be completely with the times, and I think keeping the old traditions is really important. You don’t go to Buckingham Palace to see where the Google hangout took place, you go to see the history. (Side note: this is why I don’t buy into ‘Harry should be king’)

As for Kate, I think people like her because she’s is what you’d expect a princess to be. I was lucky enough to be in London for the wedding, and I remember when she drove past in the car, and thinking ‘THAT’S a princess’. There was just something very regal about her and it was exciting to witness that moment in history. The good thing about the royals is they rarely respond to criticism or rumours. I think the fact that Kate just carries on from one engagement to the next is part of why she’s described as ‘elegant’ etc quite often. When stories have come out (topless pics, renovation criticism), you don’t see any sign of it on her face. I think she knows that this is what it will be like until the day she dies and so just deals with it. 

Re. the press, they do seem to try to whip up a frenzy about the cost of the Cambridges. Honestly, some of the time I think they do it to wind up the PR people. We all know that they don’t comment on personal stuff, and that the royal press pack hates that. There have been times that I wonder if they are just forcing them to make a comment.

But the press know that Kate is their golden ticket. They know that putting her on the front page will sell. I don’t think they can afford to push a negative image of her to hard because it will be really bad for their sales. That may change someday, like how Andrew doesn’t make the front pages for anything good.

I’m sure many members of the public are annoyed about the renovation/Norfolk move, but I can tell you as a Brit (I don’t know where you’re from so sorry if you are too), those stories don’t dominate the news. I know it seems like they do because they’re at the top of the Daily Mail site, but they don’t. I have never seen anything about that on TV/radio, and I would bet that the majority of the British public have never even heard about it. 

As for your actual question(!), I think we are generally more critical of the BRF because we can be. I don’t think we afford them more sympathy or understanding, I think we afford them less. But I think that’s because we know they’ll always be there. We feel like we have the right to critisise them because we pay something towards them. 

It’s important to remember (& I always remind myself of this!) that if we look at 100% of royal news/tweets etc, then a normal member of the public probably sees 10%. The press and royal PR is a game, from what they put out, to what they don’t, what they complain about etc. I think once people see nice pictures and the pomp and pageantry, they forget about some holiday WK went on in 2012.

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theroyalrecord said: Worth noting for this anon that their website posts pretty good recaps after every engagement - obviously they’re not written by Kate herself, but still a great way to see what she’s been up to. You can subscribe to it via email too.

Thanks! :)

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Anonymous asked: Hi I found the article it makes some decent points. I suppose the queen has maintained her silence for the last 60 odd years and that has served her well so perhaps Kate is right to guard her private self. I cant imagine they wish to be viewed as celebrities and keeping up that professional wall is a way to guard against such labels. Do you see her stepping up her engagements soon? I know they joked about it but I'd like to see her run the London marathon, she is sporty after all! I'd donate!lol

This is the article if anyone wants to read it.

I’m not really sure about the engagements to be honest. I know they said WKH would all have a busy summer, and WH have been doing a lot in public. Kate, less so, but that’s not a criticism. If it’s true that William will start the new job in Sept then I can see her being up there quite a lot at first to settle in. Generally Autumn to Christmas seems to be a busy time engagement wise, so hopefully we’ll see more of her then. 

As for the marathon, that would be pretty cool, but can you imagine the security nightmare for 26 miles? Lol. Maybe something shorter or a fun run with kids would be good. 

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Anonymous asked: I agree she isn't lazy and no doubt being a first time mother in the public eye is extremely daunting and takes up most of if not all of her energy. At present her duties mainly consist of charitable engagements and receptions but I feel there's only so much waving and smiling you can do before the act gets very old. I guess what I'm saying is public engagements just isn't the line of work that translates to a traditional 'full time' role and perhaps much more is done behind the scenes. (Tbc)

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Anonymous asked: Wishful thinking perhaps but I think it would great if she kept a blog detailing her engagements. It could help promote the causes she's trying to hilight. That way many more people would have a better understanding of what she is hoping to achieve with her new found status. Furthermore this way she would be able to choose her own narrative rather than have her choice of designer take precedence. Do you feel like I do that Kate can remain private but still open herself up a bit more?

It’s funny because smiling and waving has been the Queen’s thing for 60+ years now (among everything else she does), but I do think the public expect a lot more from royalty in 2014. I think people want to see them speaking and connecting, and a lot of that is done through the internet.

In terms of the blog thing, I doubt that would ever happen because it would snowball into her and the rest of the BRF having to justify how they are spending their time each and every day. She has done a video message and letters for websites etc but I doubt she’d do anything like the Google live stream or radio interview like W and H have done. (Separate issue but I think that’s cos of her being a married in royal).

I think part of the appeal (for me anyway) of WK is there is still that mystique around them and they’d be wise to keep some of that.

As for your last question, did you read that post tour article called ‘will the real Kate please stand up’ from the Express? It was about her making a joke about Will’s hair and wanting to see more of her personality. Now I would love to know what she’s like off duty, but part of the fun of royal watching is getting the once a month quotes that give us tiny glimpses of their marriage and Ks personality. I don’t think she should have to do that though. She has to do this job literally until the day she dies and I don’t blame her at all for putting a professional wall up. I would want to keep something for myself too. I think most of us have a work personality.

I hope she’ll be more open when she’s comfortable doing it, there’s no point forcing it because it will show.

Thanks for all the questions and again sorry for the length, I’m usually constrained to 140 characters! :)

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Anonymous asked: Thanks for your response. I agree her star really shines on her foreign visits. I'm a fan of hers and think she can be a great champion of our country. I can really get behind someone embodies british patriotism. I sometimes wonder if she herself would like to do more engagements but the powers that be at the palace strategically ration her public appearances as to avoid the general public getting kate-fatigue which could lessen her impact on her patronages. What do you think?

I agree, Will and Kate (plus the rest of the family) definitely make me proud to be British and I think are great reps for our country. 

This is a funny one because with all the ‘lazy’ remarks that are thrown around, not a lot of people consider the people behind the scenes. I am close to certain that there is a carefully constructed plan about how to deal with the attention. They must have known even before the engagement that Kate would be press fodder and planned how to deal with it. I dont for one second subscribe to the train of thought that says ‘she doesnt want to do work, she cant be bothered’ etc. I don’t believe she has that kind of control. I think she chose her charities and she has final say on the engagements, but I dont think she’s saying ‘no I cant be bothered’. I think she’s listening to the advice of others who are experienced. 

If we look at when she started at Jigsaw, she went out looking to work and said ‘I want to work’ or something (I dont remember the quote exactly). She knew the limitations of her relationship, but she went out anyway. If she really didnt care, I dont think she would want to do that. She could’ve just worked at Party Pieces from the start.  

I agree with your statement about Kate-fatique and think there’s merit to it. There’s also the Charles factor to consider as I believe PR wise, he needs to be more visible than the Cambridges. Last but not least, she’s a mother first and foremost now :)

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Anonymous asked: Kate did not go from a regular office job to being a royal , sorry I love Kate and think she is passionate and has worked pre marriage but she also was a socialite , so were her friends , you cant compare her to the regular "9-5" class of people , she worked for her parents , i believe she worked but nothing to the extent of a ordinary jib where bosses breath down her neck , she set her schedule and regulated her hrs.

Yep I agree with you on that part. Obviously she was used to the cameras to an extent too. What I meant was that working in an office (whether it’s for your parents or not, and however many hours she did) is very different from what she does now.