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William to attend fundraising dinner in aid of London’s Air Ambulance Charity

The Prince of Wales will carry out his first public engagement outside of Windsor Castle since his wife’s operation and the King’s cancer diagnosis.

William will attend the gala fundraising dinner for London’s Air Ambulance Charity in central London in his role as the organisation’s patron.

Kate left hospital last Monday and returned to Adelaide Cottage in Windsor to be reunited with her three children after undergoing planned abdominal surgery on January 16 at the London Clinic.

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The Prince of Wales is a former air ambulance pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

At the same private hospital, the King received treatment for an enlarged prostate and was discharged the same day as his daughter-in-law, but on Monday, Buckingham Palace announced Charles had been diagnosed with a “form of cancer”.

The exact details of the princess’ condition have not been revealed but Kensington Palace said previously it was not cancer-related and that Kate wished her personal medical information to remain private.

The gala dinner is raising funds for London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s Up Against Time appeal, which is seeking £15 million to replace the service’s helicopter fleet by the autumn.

William is a former air ambulance pilot with the East Anglian Air Ambulance and during the event will meet crew members, former patients and supporters before delivering a short speech.

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The event will be William’s first event since King Charles underwent a procedure for an enlarged prostate, during which he received his cancer diagnosis (Victoria Jones/PA)

London’s Air Ambulance Charity was established in 1989 following a growing consensus of opinion victims of serious accidents were dying because of the delay in expert medical help reaching them and the time it took to transport patients to hospital.

The service pioneered the doctor-on-board model for air ambulances and aims to bring the hospital emergency department to the scene of an incident.

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