Prince William follows up his wedding with two mountain rescues


In this image provided by the Ministry of Defence, Prince William takes the controls of a Sea King helicopter on April 14, 2011 in Holyhead, Wales. Search and rescue co-pilot Prince William, based at RAF Valley will marry his fiancee Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011.


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Prince William, now officially known as the Duke of Cambridge, is back at work after his wedding — and has already been involved in two mountain rescues in his job as a search and rescue helicopter pilot based in Anglesey, Wales.

Only days after marrying Kate Middleton in what was the wedding of the decade, watched by an estimated 2 billion people around the world, the prince was among a helicopter crew that flew in two rescues from their base at RAF Valley in Anglesey, the BBC reports.

The crew flew a Royal Air Force Sea King helicopter to help a 70-year-old walker who is said to have had a heart attack Wednesday night on a mountain in Snowdonia, according to the BBC.

After transporting the man to the hospital in Bangor, the crew returned and helped four men off Snowdon after one suffered from severe vertigo while walking at 3,560 feet. The four men were reportedly airlifted down from a narrow ridge in an area that has been the site of previous mountain tragedies.

RAF Valley confirmed that Prince William was part of the crew involved in the rescues, the BBC reports

The prince and his new wife spent a private weekend together after the wedding last Friday at Westminster Abbey, before he returned to work in windswept north Wales. She has since been spotted pushing a grocery cart at a supermarket in Anglesey.

There has been much speculation about where the couple will spend their honeymoon, with a recent report suggesting that the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend 10 days in a luxury villa on an island in the Seychelles.

The couple will pay an official visit to Canada this summer, from June 30 to July 8, followed by a three-day visit to California, their spokesman announced Thursday. It will be the new duke's first official trip to the U.S.