William's first visit is to Norfolk ambulance staff as royals get back on the road after lockdown

The Duke of Cambridge's first post-lockdown visit in person was to say thanks to East of England ambulance staff at King's Lynn.

Prince William went to the ambulance station at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to thank staff from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) for their work and dedication responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.

During the visit, The Duke heard about the work that has been carried out to ensure that the EEAST has been able to continue to provide its services throughout the pandemic.

The crew also spoke to The Duke about the support that they have received from members of the public, local businesses and volunteering networks.

Prince William was previously a helicopter pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance Credit: PA Images

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent lockdown with their children in their Norfolk home at Amner on the Sandringham Estate just up the road from King's Lynn.

EEAST provides round-the-clock accident and emergency services to 6.2 million people living in the east of England.

During the visit, The Duke also heard about the impact that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the mental health and wellbeing of first responders.

In April, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched ‘Our Frontline’, an initiative which was created to provide round-the-clock mental health and bereavement support to frontline staff and key workers.

Supported by The Royal Foundation, Our Frontline is run in partnership with Mind, Samaritans, Hospice UK and Shout85258. For more information, visit: www.ourfrontline.org.

The socially distanced royal visit was the first in person Prince William has made since lockdown Credit: PA Images

The Royal family have continued to interact with the public but via video calls rather than face-to-face visits.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also out and about today to say thanks to NHS staff at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Credit: PA Images

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been at the forefront of the battle against coronavirus with King's Lynn and West Norfolk being one of the worst affected areas of the region.