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Prince William starts training for new air ambulance job

Prince William has started his first day at Bond Air Services as he begins his training to be a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The Duke of Cambridge previously piloted Sea King helicopters for the RAF in Anglesey.

Prince William at the controls of a Sea King helicopter which he used to fly in Anglesey. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Over the coming months he will undertake job-specific training before he begins piloting ambulance missions during the summer.

The training will involve time in a simulator, aircraft and in-flight skills training.

Tourists flock to birthplace of Richard III

Richard III

The reburial of the remains of King Richard III later this week has been attracting tourists to his birthplace in Northamptonshire.

He was born at Fotheringhay Castle near Oundle in 1452.

The build-up to his reinterment at Leicester Cathedral on Thursday has raised the profile of the castle.

The site in Northamptonshire where Fotheringhay castle stood Credit: ITV News Anglia

Soil taken from close to the castle moat has been placed in his coffin.

The king's grave site had been thought lost to history until archaeologists discovered his skeleton in the remains of an old monastery beneath a Leicester City Council car park.

The plaque marking his birthplace Credit: ITV News Anglia


Royal couple to throw a party for builders who worked on their dream Norfolk country home

Anmer Hall in Norfolk. Credit: PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are throwing a thank you party for builders who worked on their country home in Norfolk.

According to newspaper reports, the royal couple are so pleased with the £1.5million makeover of Anmer Hall at Sandringham that they have invited craftsmen and tradespeople over for drinks.

The royal couple are throwing a thank you party for builders who worked on their country home. Credit: PA

The Grade II-listed home, which was a gift from the Queen, has a new roof, as well as a new kitchen, garden room, re-landscaped front driveway and new nursery for Prince George and the couple's second baby, which is due in April.

Newmarket could bid for 'Royal Town' status

Town Councillors will vote tonight on whether or not to apply to the Queen for 'Royal Town' status for Newmarket.

The Suffolk town, well known for its links to the horse racing industry, has a long history of Royal patronage dating back centuries.

Now an independent group, made up of local businessmen and women, representatives from the horse-racing industry and councillors, would like to apply for the status because of its links with horse racing and the royals.

It has to be approved first by the town council, and if so, could take around 12 months to go through the process of applying to the palace.

The Queen will have the final say on whether or not to bestow the honour on Newmarket.

"There has been racing in Newmarket since the 1600s, Charles II used to come here and there's been racing in Newmarket since and most monarchs have had horses here...The Queen is very keen on racing and she does have a number of horses here."

– Cllr Warwick Hirst, Newmarket

There are only two other 'Royal Towns', Royal Leamington Spa and Royal Tunbridge Wells. If Newmarket gets approval from the Queen, it will be the third town to have the status.

The Town Council meeting is at 7pm tonight.

Princess Royal visits region today

The Princess Royal who visits the region today Credit: ITV News Anglia

Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, will visit a school in the region today.

She'll arrive by helicopter on a visit to Neale-Wade Academy in March before officially opening the new Fire and Rescue station at Parkside Place in Cambridge this afternoon.


A royal 'get well soon' for Sandringham regular Mary

Mary Relph with her flowers and note from the Duchess of Cornwall. Credit: Archant

A regular royal watcher who did not make it to Sandringham this Christmas has received a bunch of flowers from the Duchess of Cornwall.

Mary Relph, who is a familiar face at the estate every time the royal family are there, was in hospital recovering from a major operation.

But her absence did not go unnoticed.

The Duchess of Cornwall sent her a bunch of flowers with a card saying: "Dear Mary, these come with many healing thoughts for a speedy recovery. All my best wishes, Camilla."

Mary Relph with her note from the Duchess of Cornwall. Credit: Archant.

Norfolk actor and film star, John Hurt awarded knighthood

The New Year's honours have been announced and there's a knighthood for the Norfolk actor and film star, John Hurt.

He says he's delighted to be recognised by the nation. One of the region's MPs is also made a knight - while a town pastor who helps the vulnerable in Suffolk gets the British Empire Medal.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

Couple from Bedfordshire recognised in New Year's honours list

A couple from Bedfordshire who have raised thousands of pounds for charity have been recognised in the New Year's honours list.

Nigel and Susan Anstead admit they were stunned to get the news.

Also rewarded, the recently retired president of the National Farmers' Union, who gets the OBE, and the town pastor, who helps the vulnerable, is also acknowledged.

Click below to watch Malcolm Robertson's report:

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