Prince William Teases The Trauma Teams While Giving Speech At London’s Air Ambulance Charity Gala

Prince William, a former Air Ambulance pilot himself, spent Thursday evening at the Air Ambulance Charity gala in London.

The Duke of Cambridge, 37, dressed for the occasion in a black tux and bow tie while revealing that he spends “any free time” with his three kids, Prince George, 6, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Louis, 1.

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“It’s my children. It’s quite hard spending time with them. Any free time I get, I see them,” he told Eric Clapton when he inquired if William still flies.

Duke of Cambridge and Eric ClaptonChris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images
Duke of Cambridge and Eric ClaptonChris Jackson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

The prince worked for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for a year and a half in 2016 before taking on full-time royal duties.

The Duke, who has been patron of the London Air Ambulance since this January, spent time with crew members and the celebrities who attended the event marking the 30th anniversary.

The gala hosted by Lord and Lady Archer was successful in raising money for the service that costs around $17 million each year to operate.

Jonathan Jenkins, chief executive of London’s Air Ambulance, praised William as “one of our own.”

He added, “Your efforts tonight will help us save lives today, tonight and going forward. It’s as simple as that.”

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Later in the evening, William gave a speech where he said he was proud “to help champion positive mental health and well-being in emergency services.”

“I know first hand that the trauma teams working with London’s Air Ambulance are world-class, even if their banter isn’t quite up to the pilots level,” he teased before adding, “that was an easy dig.”

Earlier in the day the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the launch of the National Emergencies Trust which will provide emergency response to disasters in the UK The trust was set up after the rise in terror attacks since 2017.

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