The royal gets a special send-off from nurses who spotted him after he dropped off a patient

By Simon Perry
Updated July 16, 2015 12:35 PM

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Prince William, who goes by “Captain William Wales” while on duty for his new civilian job, received a royal send-off from nurses after flying his first successful air ambulance mission on Wednesday.

The nurses gathered to snap photos of the prince, 33, after he had flown a patient to a hospital in Suffolk.

The patient, an unnamed man in his 50s, had “collapsed with chest pains,” an East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman says. He was treated at the scene in Felixstowe, Suffolk, on Wednesday morning and then airlifted to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital 60 miles away for further care.

William s team, Anglia 2, on the East Anglian Air Ambulance’s new helicopter, had taken off from Cambridge Airport, where they’re based, to make the 66-mile flight to the incident scene.

“During the week the crews have found him to be a likeable and valued new colleague who will do a great job for the East Anglian Air Ambulances,” a spokeswoman for the East Anglian Air Ambulance says.

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It was one of two missions the future king flew on Wednesday, East Anglian Air reports. William, who is said by the charity to be a “valued and well-liked colleague,” started work with them Monday.

On that day, he was involved in one call-out mission, which was aborted due to limited visibility in poor weather conditions. William spent the rest of his shift carrying out routine tasks, including refreshing his knowledge on hospital locations, helipad locations and familiarization with the aircraft. The prince has carried out four missions in total so far.

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