Prince William begins paternity leave

Prince William is on unpaid leave from his job at the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service and will not return until June 1. The news means he is effectively on paternity leave as he and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, await their second royal baby.

A spokesperson for Kensington Palace has said he completed the first phase of his air ambulance pilot training earlier than expected. The Duke performed well on training modules, helped by the recent weather which has meant very good flying conditions.

Prince William will not return to work until June 1

The Prince had always been expected to begin the second tranche of training in June after various official royal engagements in May.

A statement said: "His final block of in-work training requires an uninterrupted three-week block of working time and the availability of the new EC145 helicopter that will be used for missions.

"As he now will not have any further training to complete after returning from paternity leave, he will not return to duties until that time, and will remain on unpaid leave until then."

The royal couple are most probably enjoying quiet time at their London residence, which is just a short drive to the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital near Paddington. This is where Kate also gave birth to George and where her trusted medical team are based.

His return is scheduled to take place after the birth and royal engagements in May

They also have the pressing matter of a new housekeeper to appoint for their Norfolk home Anmer Hall, where they plan to bring up their young family. Their country pile is within easy reach of the airports that William will cover when he begins operational duty with the air ambulance service in the summer.

William and Kate have been pleased with the support they have received from the public while all these changes take place. A recent statement from the couple said they are "hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world over the last few months.

"They know that people are excited Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister and it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family.

"They are very appreciative that so many people share their excitement as they await the arrival of their second baby."

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