|Caring: Prince and pregnant Kate|
The Queen has put a high-speed helicopter on standby to whisk Prince William to Kate’s bedside when she goes into labour.
The 175mph Sikorsky S-76c chopper will be scrambled to rush Wills from his RAF base in Anglesey to London in time to be with Kate when she has their first child – due in the next week or so.
It means the 31-year-old Prince can carry on with his vital work as a rescue pilot until the last moment without having to worry about missing out on the birth.
|Hands-on: Prince William|
A source said: “William will want to fly because it avoids any traffic snarl-ups or train delays.
Wills has vowed to “move heaven and earth” to be with his wife when she has their child in the private Lindo wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London – where his mum Princess Diana gave birth to him in June 1982.
And he plans to take part in all the new-father duties such as nappies and night feeds.
The baby is due next weekend but the timing is likely to be a moveable feast because Kate, 31, has opted for a natural delivery.
It means Wills may have only a few hours’ warning – or less with complications.
So the maroon Sikorsky of the Queen’s Flight is now on standby at RAF Northolt, west London, with a pilot ready to grab the controls.
And it will fly the 600-mile round trip to north Wales with orders to get Wills to his wife’s side in four hours.