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Prince William in East Anglian Air Ambulance role return

Prince William as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot Image copyright PA
Image caption Prince William carried out more than 150 missions as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot

The Duke of Cambridge is to return to work as a pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance after taking a break ahead of the birth of his daughter.

Prince William is due to start on Monday having taken unpaid leave in April before Princess Charlotte was born on 2 May.

The family has been at their home on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

Prince William is understood to be in the closing stages of his pilot training with the ambulance team.

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Image caption The princess follows a line of royals named Charlotte

He will transport patients to hospital once his training is complete.

The Duke of Cambridge previously served in the Royal Air Force, most recently as a search and rescue pilot.

He has had several official engagements since the birth of his second child, including awarding actress Sheridan Smith an OBE.

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Image caption Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate has been recently refurbished by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The charity East Anglian Air Ambulance, which has bases in Norwich and Cambridge, ordered a new £1.7m helicopter four years ago.

It came into service in Cambridge in April and is set to be flown by Prince William.

The air ambulance attends emergencies across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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