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The Queen Opens New Base for East Anglican Air Ambulance Service


On Wednesday 13th July, the Queen, accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, opened the new base for the East Anglican Air Ambulance. The EAAA is the same air ambulance service in which Her Majesty’s grandson Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, has been working as an air ambulance pilot for more than a year. The charity’s new air ambulance base is located at Cambridge Airport’s Egerton-Smith Centre.

Queen Takes a Tour around New Air Ambulance Base

During her visit, the Queen took a tour around the air ambulance base guided by her grandson. The royal couple also viewed one of the charity’s operational H145 helicopters. They then proceeded to unveil a plaque. Some of the medics, pilots, and support staff of the East Anglican Air Ambulance also got a chance to meet with the royal couple.

Their stay at the new air ambulance base lasted for approximately 40 minutes, after which they headed back to London. After the visit, Her Majesty met with outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron and then proceeded to meet with Theresa May, formally inviting her to take on the role of Prime Minister.

EAAA has been providing Air Ambulance Service for Almost Two Decades

The East Anglican Air Ambulance was launched in 2000 as a charity. On an average, the pilots at the organization fly approximately five missions a day. The charity carries out its air ambulance service from numerous bases including Cambridge and Norwich. Its service covers an extensive area that spans Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk, Hertfordshire, and Essex.

The serviceable area of more than 5,000 square miles is populated by about 3.5 million residents. It operates throughout the year and knows no rest even during important holidays. Part of the EAAA’s mission statement is to “alleviate suffering and save lives”.

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