Prince William has spoken about King Charles’ cancer and Kate Middleton’s recovery from her abdominal surgery in a speech at a London Air Ambulance gala dinner
Prince William has thanked people for the “kind messages” sent to King Charles and Princess Kate following their health battles.
Speaking publicly for the first time since his father was diagnosed with cancer and his wife underwent abdominal surgery, William said support from the public “means a great deal” to the royal family. In his role as Patron of London’s Air Ambulance Charity, he took to the stage at a Charity Gala Dinner in London on Wednesday evening. He met members of the crew and former patients during the event. There was a lot of anticipation for his speech, which comes after an exceptionally difficult week for The Firm.
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He said: “Good evening. Thank you for being here. And thank you to all those whose hard work has made this evening possible. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you, also, for the kind messages of support for Catherine and for my father, especially in recent days. It means a great deal to us all.
“It’s fair to say the past few weeks have had a rather “medical” focus. So I thought I’d come to an air ambulance function to get away from it all!
“But, seriously, we gather tonight to help as many as people as possible benefit from top class care in the silhouette of London Air Ambulance’s flying lifelines. As a former pilot for East Anglia Air Ambulance, I know just how vital the work of air ambulance teams across the country is, and the truly life-saving difference it can make to deliver urgent medical care wherever injury strikes can make.
“Here in London, the current aircraft have served magnificently. But our capital city needs a new fleet. And we are Up Against Time. The clue really is in the Appeal’s name. By September, we need the two new red birds – decked with the latest kit such as night vision – in our skies.
“You wouldn’t be here if you needed much persuading, I know. But just wait to hear Milana’s story later this evening of how the Air Ambulance, and its incredible teams, have given her a second chance at life. I should also take this opportunity to give a mention to my – our – fellow pilot, Tom Cruise. Tom, huge thanks for supporting us tonight.
“And if you wouldn’t mind not borrowing either of the new helicopters for the next Mission Impossible, it would be appreciated. We have all seen on our screens that – how can I put it – you seem to have a different take on ‘normal wear and tear’ to the rest of us. It’s not the kind that buffs out, that’s for sure.
“Anyway, my thanks to everyone. You are all, each and everyone, lifesavers.”