Perks Field at Kensington Palace is normally reserved as a landing site for the royal family's helicopters. But now, Prince William has arranged to open the private lawn to air ambulances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was made to open the site as a refuelling station for the ambulances. This will reportedly save pilots a 45-mile round trip to the nearest base in Watford, so it's a necessary adjustment during the health crisis.

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Prince William's background as a pilot of air ambulances

Prince William became a patron of London's Air Ambulance Charity in March 2020. A former pilot himself, the Duke of Cambridge holds this type of cause close to his heart. He also served as an air ambulance pilot for the East Anglian Air Ambulance between 2015 and 2017.

Hello! reported on the Prince's statement when he announced the patronage in March. It read:

"His Royal Highness has seen first-hand the impact these first responders have upon the lives of patients with critical injuries. As Patron of the London's Air Ambulance Charity, the Duke will continue to champion those working on the frontline, and highlight the charity's vital work in supporting the London's Air Ambulance's rapid response to incidents, and its provision of life-saving medical treatment."

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Prince William and Duchess Kate assist frontline workers

Prince William and Kate Middleton continue their efforts to assist frontline and essential workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Kensington Palace is their usual London residence, where they've now allowed special privileges to air ambulances. During the pandemic, however, they've relocated to Anmer Hall in Norfolk.

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