Prince William qualifies as air ambulance helicopter pilot after passing exams

The Duke of Cambridge will start work as an air ambulance helicopter pilot in the summer after passing his exams, it has been announced.

Prince William, a former RAF search and rescue pilot, began studying last September and has now passed the 14 exams required to work as a civilian helicopter pilot, Kensington Palace said.

Shortly after his current tour of Japan and China ends in March, he will undergo extra training with Bond Air Services - who will be his employer - before starting work for the East Anglian Air Ambulance service in the early summer, flying out of Cambridge and Norwich.

Prince William will work full-time on a shift system but allowances will be made for his ongoing royal duties.

As a result of his new job, the duke's family are expected to spend more time at Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate.

ITV News Royal Editor Tim Ewart said: "It is a time of change in William's life.

"A second child is expected in late April and the nation holds it's breath in anticipation of this joyous event."