Duke of Cambridge becomes London's Air Ambulance charity patron

The Duke of Cambridge has been announced as a patron of London's Air Ambulance charity.

The new role will see William highlight the importance of the charity's work in supporting the LAA, which responds to serious incidents across the city.

In January last year, the duke became patron of LAA's 30th anniversary campaign, Thirty Years Saving Lives, which has raised £1 million for helipad facilities and mental health support for crew members.

The Duke of Cambridge arrives for a visit to the Royal London Hospital for London's Air Ambulance 30th anniversary celebrations in January 2019

William is no stranger to the line of work, having previously served as a pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance for two years until 2017.

In his role as patron of LAA's 30th anniversary campaign, the duke last year co-piloted its standby helicopter and met clinicians and crew members during a visit to the Royal London Hospital.

Speaking about the role of the LAA at an event last year, William said: "Their care can mean the difference between life and death, between recovery and life-long disability.

"They show remarkable resilience and strength in the face of tragedies that they come across every day."

We are honoured that the Duke of Cambridge has chosen to become patron of London's Air Ambulance charity after getting to know us last year.

Jonathan Jenkins, LAA chief executive