Prince William to the Rescue!
Ladies warned not to call in bogus emergencies
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 17, 2010 3:59 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Prince William can’t actually go to war like his younger brother Harry, so the future king is doing the next best thing: He’s joined the Royal Air Force’s search and rescue program, where he’ll pilot a Sea King rescue helicopter. “This is a very exciting, dramatic job, and at times, it’s going to be quite dangerous,” a William biographer tells CBS. “So this job goes some way, I suppose, to compensate for the fact that he’s not going to be a frontline soldier.”

The British royals traditionally serve in the military, but the prince in line for the throne can’t be deployed. William will be based in Wales, where he lives with his girlfriend. And training the royal pilot hasn’t been cheap; William’s helicopter instruction has cost taxpayers $1.5 million.

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Sep 19, 2010 7:30 AM CDT
Well you must remember that they didn't exactly spend $1.5 million but something along the lines of £600,000. The Queen spent £30,000 on a train journey from London to Liverpool once, I guess that's what you get when you let a pensioner use the self service ticket machines...
Sep 17, 2010 8:42 PM CDT
Sea King + Beartrap + Sea State 9 = awesomeness.
Sep 17, 2010 6:12 PM CDT
Now I see why Kate Middleton want to be "princess", the taxpayer pays for EVERYTHING.