Prince William clocked in for his first shift as an air ambulance pilot on Monday, nervous but excited about his new job.

The second-in-line to Britain's throne will face emergencies ranging from traffic crashes to heart attacks in his role working for East Anglian Air Ambulance in eastern England.

William will juggle his royal duties with 9½-hour shifts in the first few months — including night shifts — as part of a rotation where he will work four days and then have four days off. He'll work less in the future to accommodate royal tasks.

"I feel doing a job like this really helps me to be grounded, and that's the core of what I'm trying to become," he said. "I'm trying to be a good guy, to do what I can and trying to be a decent individual."

William will also juggle both jobs with fatherhood. He took unpaid leave in April after he wrapped up his first phase of training, and has returned following the birth of Princess Charlotte, whom he described as "a little joy from heaven."

William and his crewmates began work right way, responding to a first emergency call at 9:20 a.m. The charity will release details of the incident later Monday. The prince, who will donate his salary to charity, has previously been a Royal Air Force search-and-rescue pilot based on an island off Wales.

Carrie's baby locked in car; no harm done

New mother Carrie Underwood called her brother-in-law to the rescue over the weekend during a frightening mom moment. The country star tweeted about the incident on Saturday, writing "When your dogs manage to lock themselves, all your stuff & the baby in the car & you have to break a window to get in. #WhatAreTheChances" Her publicist said Monday it happened very fast and no one was hurt. Underwood tweeted that her brother-in- law broke the window. She is back on tour after giving birth to Isaiah in February, the first child for the former "American Idol" winner and her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher.

in memory: Broadway will dim marquee lights on Wednesday night in memory of Roger Rees, the Tony Award-winning Welsh-born actor and director. The the lights will be dimmed for one minute at 7:45 p.m. Rees died Friday at his home in New York after a brief battle with cancer. He played the title character in the original production of "The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby" in England and on Broadway. He won an Olivier Award and a Tony. Among many other roles, he also played the snobbish Robin Colcord on TV's "Cheers" and the British ambassador, Lord John Marbury, in "The West Wing."

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