Prince William tucked into a roast chicken dinner alongside school pupils in their canteen when he stopped for a break between shifts with the East Anglian Air Ambulance today.
Students were stunned to see the Royal in their canteen at break time, after he had landed his helicopter in the school grounds. The second in line to the throne returned to his duties after the Christmas holiday yesterday and is back working alongside colleagues at his local air ambulance service. More after the cut….
William, who visited John Henry Newman School in Stevenage with two colleagues, later paid his compliments to the chef, Stuart.
Clive Matthew, headteacher, said: ‘The school is close to the Lister Hospital so the helicopters use the playing field to land and we always offer the crew refreshments. ‘We were stunned when we realised Prince William was part of the crew today. ‘He sat with me and some year 11 pupils and they asked him if he had enjoyed the Christmas holidays and he told the students he’d had a lovely time. ‘He was really nice and it was lovely the visit was so spontaneous. I think it made the students’ year,’ said Mr Matthew.
Both Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton and England International footballer Ashley Young both attended the Hertfordshire school.