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User currently offlineKfly From Australia, joined May 2004, 195 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 24914 times:

Just saw the news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Will and Kate to the masses) are flying SQ from Brisbane after their trip to the Pacific islands.

Apparently they also flew SQ from LHR to SIN when kicking off the Queen's Diamond Jubilee tour. So one will assume they will be also flying SQ back to the UK after transiting in SIN.

Just wondering how SQ manage to "win" the tender for this Royal visit?

And is this a slap in the face for BA given BA has daily flights from LHR to SIN as well as from SYD to LHR (via SIN)?

Will be interesting to see who Prince Charles and wife will fly with for their visit to Australia later in the year.

Meanwhile, Will and Kate will have to slump it out in Business Class on the SQ A330 flight from BNE :P


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User currently offlinestarrymarkb From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2011, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 24853 times:

All Royal Travel is put out to tender, but minor royals (ie not the Queen*) usually travel scheduled. It's not been unknown for Royalty to use Easyjet and Flybe for domestic travel.


*The Queen does use scheduled rail services to Sandringham from London, a first class compartment is usually closed off for her use (with the rest of the carriage being public)


User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3461 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24626 times:

Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 1):
All Royal Travel is put out to tender, but minor royals (ie not the Queen*) usually travel scheduled. It's not been unknown for Royalty to use Easyjet and Flybe for domestic travel.

Is this done for both public and private trips the royal family takes? Am I correct in assuming that British flag carriers, ie....VS, BA are not given any preferential treatment when it comes to bidding?



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User currently offlineEK773 From Malta, joined Jul 2004, 237 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24566 times:

Singapore is a member of the Commonwealth, for which Queen Elizabeth is the head of. The fact that royal members flew Singapore Airlines rather than a British flag carrier should not be an issue. If they choose to fly with a carrier such as Emirates or JAL, then you could say their loyalties were not within the Commonwealth  

User currently offlinemainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2115 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24563 times:

Quoting Kfly (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, Will and Kate will have to slump it out in Business Class on the SQ A330 flight from BNE :P

The British (and Australian) Royal Family are not known to be precious types, they often act just like the rest of us, when security allows. One exception to that rule might be Princess Michael of Kent.


User currently offlinebastew From Australia, joined Sep 2006, 1031 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24531 times:

The host country of an official royal visit will usually provide the transport for senior royals. Thus you will usually see the national carrier of the host country flying them.

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7111 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 24456 times:

The queen flew NZ from LHR to AKL via LAX (Scheduled) a while back for the CHOGM conference in AKL. So this is not unknown.

User currently offlineslinky09 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2009, 859 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 24210 times:

It's not a state visit, that would be when the Queen is travelling officially.

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 2):
Am I correct in assuming that British flag carriers, ie....VS, BA are not given any preferential treatment when it comes to bidding?

Absolutely, do you think taxpayers would accept higher costs just to be jingoistic?

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 4):
The British (and Australian) Royal Family are not known to be precious types, they often act just like the rest of us, when security allows. One exception to that rule might be Princess Michael of Kent.

Absolutely, William and Kate are known to fly EasyJet for example (as does Queen Sofia of Spain), and you may be surprised to know that PMoK is not that stuffy!


User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7742 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24160 times:

Quoting bastew (Reply 5):
The host country of an official royal visit will usually provide the transport for senior royals. Thus you will usually see the national carrier of the host country flying them.

This is the key. A Commonwealth Head of State visit will always use transpoirt provided for it by the host Commonwealth country. While the Cambridges are not Head of State this tour is on behalf of Queen Elizabeth to mark her Diamond Jubilee. I guess that SQ won over MH as the first country in their itinary.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 24065 times:

How is this a "slap in the face" for BA or VS ?

If they ahd been the chosen airline, they would have been expected to provide 1st class travel at economy prices for the royal couple plus their aides, without publicising that they ahd done so.


User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13745 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 23744 times:

Quoting VV701 (Reply 8):
I guess that SQ won over MH as the first country in their itinary.

They flew MH from SIN to KUL.



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User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1644 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 23342 times:

Quoting Kfly (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, Will and Kate will have to slump it out in Business Class on the SQ A330 flight from BNE :

Though I am assuming SQ would have blocked out the entire Business Cabin? And if they did this, I would assume SQ might have catered F meals for the flight and staffed the cabin with their best Singapore Girls and Boys.

Quoting starrymarkb (Reply 1):
All Royal Travel is put out to tender, but minor royals (ie not the Queen*) usually travel scheduled. It's not been unknown for Royalty to use Easyjet and Flybe for domestic travel.

My understanding was that the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry were all senior royals? And everyone else were "minor royals"?

Anyway, I've read stories (and actually threads on here too) that William, Kate and Harry all fly Easyjet, Flybe, Wizzair, etc when its permitted. In fact I read somewhere that Harry had flown in Euro Traveler on BA on some trip even though Club Europe was available on the aircraft - there were several passengers who tweeted about that. There was also Will and Kate on Flybe, acting just as any other passenger with no VIP treatment. Good on 'em, especially on those short intra-Europe trips.

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 4):
One exception to that rule might be Princess Michael of Kent.

Which is all the more appalling given how the much more senior albeit young royals act.

Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Reply 10):
They flew MH from SIN to KUL.

Did MH upgrade the equipment for the flight or did they send their tattered 734 with the "red" seat covers in Biz?  
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 9):

If they ahd been the chosen airline, they would have been expected to provide 1st class travel at economy prices for the royal couple plus their aides, without publicising that they ahd done so.

Agreed - wasn't there some (minor) backlash that William and Kate were upgraded from J to F on BA on their return flight back to London from Los Angeles at the end of their Canada/US trip? I know that when Harry flew to DC to accept the Atlantic Council's humanitarian award he flew paid J and refused the upgrade to F.

Quoting VV701 (Reply 8):
This is the key. A Commonwealth Head of State visit will always use transpoirt provided for it by the host Commonwealth country.

Exactly, per William and Kate flying the Canadian air force A310 over for their visit, this is nothing new.



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User currently offlineDTWPurserBoy From United States of America, joined Feb 2010, 1801 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 23275 times:

There is a dvd out called "Monarchy" that shows in detail how a BA crew is hand selected to work Royal flights for The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. They all seemed to be old hands at it as the purser quickly recalled HM's preference for Gin and Dubbonet and in what percentages. Very interesting to watch the crew being briefed by palace officials. They flew a BA A320 to Talinn.


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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 23228 times:

Quoting Kfly (Thread starter):
And is this a slap in the face for BA

A lot of us forget that nations like Singapore are part of the Commonwealth - and flying SQ is flying the 'national' airline for the royals.


User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3224 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 23137 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 13):
A lot of us forget that nations like Singapore are part of the Commonwealth - and flying SQ is flying the 'national' airline for the royals.

Not quite. Sinapore, like South Africa is a republic. Australia, NZ and canada have QE2 as head of state, not a president.


User currently offlineqf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 3020 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 23065 times:

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 11):
Though I am assuming SQ would have blocked out the entire Business Cabin? And if they did this, I would assume SQ might have catered F meals for the flight and staffed the cabin with their best Singapore Girls and Boys.

Probably, but out of consideration for other passengers as much as the royals. It's not like they are just a couple flying home from a holiday -- there are assistants, security, aids whatever travelling with them so the party probably consumes most of the cabin anyway.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7975 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22913 times:

Just a quick question: I know that the royal family owns some smaller private jets but why don't they have a fleet of long-haul aircraft like the US, Germany, or Japan?   


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User currently offlineVV701 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 7742 posts, RR: 17
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 22886 times:

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 11):
My understanding was that the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla, William, Kate and Harry were all senior royals? And everyone else were "minor royals"?

I think it depends on circumstances.

The Cambridges' tours to Canada and now to South East Asia and Oceania were on behalf of and representing Queen Elizabeth as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebration. So they were accorded the same treatment that the Queen and Prince Philip would have been accorded on an official Head of State visit.

For the Canadian tour (as has already been pointed out) they were collected by an RCAF Airbus CC-150 Polaris (A310). The aircraft also carried them on domestic flights within Canada. I believe it also flew them from Canada at the end of the Official Tour.

However, at the end of their Canadian tour the Cambridges did not fly back to the UK. They visited California. This part of that tour was not on behalf of the Queen. So how did they travel home? First class on a scheduled BA 744 flight from LAX.

On long haul flights they made as the UK's Head of State or as Head of the Commonwealth, the Queen accompanied by Prince Philip has travelled by BA. The airline has a Royal Suite and two 772s with the floor of their F Class cabin adapted to allow the Royal Suite - two beds, a table, two chairs and a clothes hanging area - to be fitted. Whether the use of these two 772s (and a BA 763 prior to their adaptation) reflects the age of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip (86 and 91 respectively) or would also be used by their (younger) successors under similar circumstances we will have to wait and see.

As far as I know no other members of the Royal Family have used this Royal Suite. The only people apart from Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to use BA's 772 Royal Suite are Tony and Cherie Blair. When Tony Blair was Prime Minister in 2006 the Queen accompanied by Prince Philip had flown to LHR-SIN-CBR on a visit to Australia in her role as Head of the Commonwealth. It then flew them CBR-MEL for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. After the Opening Ceremony the 772 flew them MEL-SIN-LHR. Six days later (after being parked at LHR) it flew the Blairs with the Royal Suite still fitted LHR-BRU for an EU summit. It then flew them and their party (non-stop) BRU-MEL where they attended the Closing Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Four days later it flew them MEL-AUK on a one-day Official Visit to New Zealand and then AUK-CGK on another one-day Official Visit to Indonesia. The final leg carrying the Blairs was CGK-LHR. After arrival at LHR, the Royal Suite was removed and the F Class cabin was restored. The aircraft returned to scheduled service four days after its arrival at LHR.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3695 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22564 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 16):
Just a quick question: I know that the royal family owns some smaller private jets but why don't they have a fleet of long-haul aircraft like the US, Germany, or Japan?

The Royal family do not, and never have owned any private jets. Years ago they used to have use of the RAF's Royal flight, this has now been combined with the RAF's own communication fleet and become 32 (Royal) squadron which provides VIP transport for the Rpyal family, the armed forces and the government.

As to a fleet of long haul aircraft, this is discussed on Anet about every two months. Its not going to happen, as the taxpayers of the UK won't stomach a wide bodied executive palace for either the Queen or the Prime minister.


User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1644 posts, RR: 20
Reply 19, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22354 times:

Quoting qf002 (Reply 15):
Probably, but out of consideration for other passengers as much as the royals. It's not like they are just a couple flying home from a holiday -- there are assistants, security, aids whatever travelling with them so the party probably consumes most of the cabin anyway.

Very true - I didn't even think of it that way. While I doubt their entourage would take up the entire cabin, I'd imagine it would be rather bothersome to other paying J passengers.

Quoting VV701 (Reply 17):
The Cambridges' tours to Canada and now to South East Asia and Oceania were on behalf of and representing Queen Elizabeth as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebration. So they were accorded the same treatment that the Queen and Prince Philip would have been accorded on an official Head of State visit.

For the Canadian tour (as has already been pointed out) they were collected by an RCAF Airbus CC-150 Polaris (A310). The aircraft also carried them on domestic flights within Canada. I believe it also flew them from Canada at the end of the Official Tour.

However, at the end of their Canadian tour the Cambridges did not fly back to the UK. They visited California. This part of that tour was not on behalf of the Queen. So how did they travel home? First class on a scheduled BA 744 flight from LAX.

Thanks for the distinction there - makes it totally clear. Suppose the same would have applied to Harry, Andrew, Edward et al who all did Diamond Jubilee tours on behalf of the Queen. I know from press coverage Harry had a private jet to ferry him around the Caribbean and down to Brazil for his segment of the tour.

Quoting VV701 (Reply 17):
On long haul flights they made as the UK's Head of State or as Head of the Commonwealth, the Queen accompanied by Prince Philip has travelled by BA. The airline has a Royal Suite and two 772s with the floor of their F Class cabin adapted to allow the Royal Suite - two beds, a table, two chairs and a clothes hanging area - to be fitted. Whether the use of these two 772s (and a BA 763 prior to their adaptation) reflects the age of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip (86 and 91 respectively) or would also be used by their (younger) successors under similar circumstances we will have to wait and see.

Hmm I wouldn't be surprised if this layout was retained for Charles and Camilla when he ascends to the throne, especially for long hauls where they have to be well rested upon arrival and also have an atmosphere conducive to prep work. Neither of them will be...particularly young when they become King and Queen Consort (correct term?) either  
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 18):
As to a fleet of long haul aircraft, this is discussed on Anet about every two months. Its not going to happen, as the taxpayers of the UK won't stomach a wide bodied executive palace for either the Queen or the Prime minister.

And I believe this is as it should be. I am a supporter of the Royal Family and part of the reason why is they seem to have adapted well to modern society and current constraints in the UK, especially as of late. There is a time for pomp and circumstance, which Brits do better than anyone else - and there is a time for pragmatic budgeting.



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User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 22320 times:

Quoting mainMAN (Reply 4):
The British (and Australian) Royal Family are not known to be precious types, they often act just like the rest of us, when security allows. One exception to that rule might be Princess Michael of Kent

.....and the Duke of York!

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 16):
I know that the royal family owns some smaller private jets but why don't they have a fleet of long-haul aircraft like the US, Germany, or Japan?

...because it would be one of the quickest ways to turn the UK into a Republic! (ones tongue is firmly in ones cheek ma'am)

Money and cost...... basically. Why do they need it, if they're that desperate they can ring Hounslow 125 and get a 747 at a drop of a royal standard.

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User currently offlineBthebest From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 522 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 21944 times:

Quoting bastew (Reply 5):
The host country of an official royal visit will usually provide the transport for senior royals. Thus you will usually see the national carrier of the host country flying them.

Who do you think rented the Global 6000 they island-hopped around on? Would that have been the Palace?

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 11):
Though I am assuming SQ would have blocked out the entire Business Cabin?

Not necessarily, if your going to go scheduled you may as well save as much as possible. Surely some aides could have gone premium economy.

Quoting sq_ek_freak (Reply 11):
Agreed - wasn't there some (minor) backlash that William and Kate were upgraded from J to F on BA on their return flight back to London from Los Angeles at the end of their Canada/US trip? I know that when Harry flew to DC to accept the Atlantic Council's humanitarian award he flew paid J and refused the upgrade to F.

If the airline is willing to upgrade them, then I think that's perfectly justified. It just as if they were an important loyalty club member. The amount of pressure their under from the intense media coverage and public scrutiny, I don't think its a bad thing if they take a few perks now and then.

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 16):
Just a quick question: I know that the royal family owns some smaller private jets but why don't they have a fleet of long-haul aircraft like the US, Germany, or Japan?   

Just don't go there   


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7975 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 20563 times:

Quoting n729pa (Reply 20):
Quoting Bthebest (Reply 21):
Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 18):

Woah jeez sorry for even bringing it up   



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User currently offlineG-CIVP From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1338 posts, RR: 10
Reply 23, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19828 times:

Quoting Kfly (Thread starter):
And is this a slap in the face for BA given BA has daily flights from LHR to SIN as well as from SYD to LHR (via SIN)?

No, BA may have tendered for the work and bid too high. Singapore Airlines may have provided the travel cheaper, who knows. Whether there is any quodos in flying the Royals in this day and age, I doubt it.

[Edited 2012-09-19 12:05:42]

User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19509 times:

Quoting PHX787 (Reply 22):
Woah jeez sorry for even bringing it up

No worries....but I had to laugh at your reaction!  


It struck me after posting my reply that it was a good job SQ don't have any passenger 747s now......can you imagine a SQ 744 arriving to collect Kate and Will. Now what would the media have made of a photo opportunity of Kate and Will standing in the doorway of a SQ 744 with MegaTop written above their heads.

They would have had to take that off.....oh no, that's how it all started lets not go there!

[Edited 2012-09-19 12:36:06]

25 Post contains links imiakhtar : Their Royal Highnesses’ travel arrangements and their tour party. The Duke and Duchess will travel by scheduled flights to and from London to the r
26 G-CIVP : If they were travelling scheduled for LHR-SIN then the cost would inevitably be lower than a charter. Just as well really, as many have noted, it seem
27 mariner : Then people misunderstand the point of it. As one small example, the tiny company that makes the island dress she wore is having to take on more staf
28 Post contains links Bthebest : http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/n...-stop/story-fndo1yus-1226477100582 OE-LXX I believe.
29 Post contains links and images Viscount724 : They also used an RCAF Challenger business jet and a float-equipped Twin Otter chartered from a commercial operator for visits to a few smaller point
30 brilondon : Doesn't the hosting country arrange for the transport of the royal family? IIRC when the Queen came to Canada did she not arrive and travel on Canadia
31 VV701 : This depends on the reason for her visit. If the Queen is visiting a Commonwealth country as Queen of that country all her travel arrangements will b
32 Post contains images Revelation : Why all the angst? As the American saying goes, keep your shirt on! All except for Kate, that is!
33 Viscount724 : Too late to edit. The date in my earlier reply with photo of the Queen Mother should read June 7, 1962 (not 1982).
34 Post contains images jetblast : Just curious if you recall the registration of the 763? Never knew the Royal Suite was fitted to one and I work them every day
35 vegetables2001 : The UK doesn't have a 'flag carrier' VS and BA should be treated no differently than EZY, BEE, TCX or even EZE
36 Post contains images RWA380 : I was really only thinking of a carrier who had the aircraft capable of doing a trip like the one being discussed without ten stops for fuel.
37 Richcandy : Personal view, but I think this is one of the good reasons for keeping a Royal Family/King or Queen. They have grown up with money and for some sligh
38 bongodog1964 : The Queen is very relaxed when it comes to her personal travel, her normal mode of transport from London to her private residence at Sandringham is t
39 Post contains images AirbusA6 : I had to laugh that the Blairs are the only other people to use the Royal Suite It's a sensible use of resources, I presume BA has enough slack in it
40 Bthebest : I'm of two minds really. I understand the arguments for a dedicated or semi-dedicated fleet, for the obvious security and practicality reasons, but th
41 Post contains links and images VV701 : The last time that the Queen and Prince Phillip took a long haul flight in a BA aircraft other than a 772 it was a notable occasion in BA's history.
42 jetblast : A wealth of information as always, I am much obliged - will think of NWR as the 'Royal' 767 every time I see her now!
43 sq_ek_freak : That is rather ironic, isn't it? I think that's part of the reason why the British Royal Family has remained relevant (and is so visible globally) wh
44 Post contains images bojangles : "Acting" being the operative word here! They are nothing like pretty much all of us. How many of you have liveried footmen and everywhere you go smel
45 Post contains images Viscount724 : As a sidenote, the Queen was also the first passenger to fly on an aircraft bearing the new Air Canada name and livery when she flew from YOW to LHR
46 bongodog1964 : The last member of the Royal family to publicly favour VS was princess Diana, who made an official statement that she was "withdrawing from public li
47 SKAirbus : There are a number of politicians in the South West of England and Wales who (for obvious reasons) have been trying to badger the government into buy
48 jumpjets : I recall an observation attributed to the Duke of Edinburgh that the only form of transport in which HMQ is particularly interested has four legs and
49 Post contains images AirbusA6 : I presume they've done the costings, and if it was cheaper to buy a dedicated plane, then they would do so, though I imagine that even then there woul
50 Post contains images A36001 : n729pa..... I love it! Hounslow125 HAHAHAHA
51 KaiTak747 : If they are offered a free upgrade, lucky them, they should take it (as anyone else would!). It costs the taxpayer no extra, so I don't understand th
52 Post contains images sq_ek_freak : Yeah I've read in places that both William and Harry are close with SRB's kids. Though I will say that on that particular trip to Necker I know that
53 brilondon : Did I not read on here that that Easyjet transported a Duke or Duchess on a domestic flight I believe last year?
54 DTWPurserBoy : The only aircraft personally owned by the Royal Family is a helicopter. They use RAF BAE146 aircraft for short haul travel and charters for long haul.
55 sq_ek_freak : It was Prince Harry on Easyjet, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (William and Kate) on FlyBe - believe they were all returning to their respective desti
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