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William returns to his work as 'copter pilot

PRINCE William will return to work as an air ambulance pilot today after taking a break ahead of the birth of his daughter Princess Charlotte.

William took unpaid leave in April following the first phase of his training with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

He and his wife Kate welcome Charlotte on May 2 and have spent most of the past month away from the public glare at their home, Anmer Hall, on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk with the newborn and son George.

The Georgian country home was given to the couple by Queen Elizabeth as a wedding present.

William is understood to be in the closing stages of his training to be a pilot with the ambulance team, after which he will transport patients to hospital.

He previously served in the Royal Air Force, most recently as a search and rescue pilot.

William, an Aston Villa supporter and president of the English FA, watched his club endure a crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands on Arsenal in the Wembley clash.

His return to work marks the end of a break of almost six weeks from his flying duties.