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Prince's tribute to emergency services on his last day as pilot

By Tony Jones

The Duke of Cambridge has paid a personal tribute to the nation's emergency services, speaking of his "profound respect" for its men and women as he started his final air ambulance pilot shift.

William also said he had "been so proud to serve" with his East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) crew mates and colleagues and thanked the local community that funds and supports the charity.

Writing in the East Anglian Daily Times as he prepares to carry out more royal duties in support of the Queen, William said: "As part of the team, I have been invited into people's homes to share moments of extreme emotion, from relief that we have given someone a fighting chance, to profound grief.

"I have watched as incredibly skilled doctors and paramedics have saved people's lives. These experiences have instilled in me a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services."

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