They were there on official business, but it’s always lovely to pop round to visit one’s grandson at his place of work.
Before she meets with outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron at 5pm, the Queen (accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh) opened a new East Anglian Air Ambulance Base at Cambridge Airport today, according to BBC News.
Coincidentally, this is also where Prince William is based as a pilot for the ambulatory service.
This is the second time Her Majesty and Prince Philipe have visited the Duke of Cambridge’s place of work.
Just before his wedding in 2011, the Queen visited William RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales, where he served as a search-and-rescue pilot.
According to People‘s Simon Perry, William piloted a helicopter back from a call just in time to give his grandparents the grand tour.
Eastern Daily Press reports that William was came back from a mission that was called to a nursery school in King’s Lynn (though there was no word on whether this was an emergency call or a simple “what to do if something goes wrong” lesson).
“It was all very exciting but the children were more excited about the helicopter, it was just a bonus that Prince William was on board,” headteacher Matthew Tuckswood told the paper.
Helicopters > Future King.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) July 13, 2016
Prince Philip looked far younger than his 95 years as he laughed with William (probably about the way he landed the helicopter, judging by how he animated pointing).
“All of sudden this giant lemon plopped down, and there you were!”
William has been stationed as an ambulance pilot at Cambridge for over a year.
William kisses Granny and Grandpa as they leave for London. The Queen preparing to meet new Prime Minister May pic.twitter.com/rC4pwizoVp
— Emily Nash (@emynash) July 13, 2016
Now, it’s time for a bit of history-making, as Theresa May prepares to become the second female Prime Minister in British history.