Royal Suite has only been used for official flights made by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and once by Prime Minister and Mrs Blair.
At the ages of almost 90 and 95 respectively I am not expecting either Queen Elizabeth or Prince Philip will be flying long haul again. However I believe that BA
currently have two 772s that have an altered floor in the F Class cabin so that the Royal Suite can be fitted in it where an overnight flight is involved. I understand they are G-YMMO and 'MP.
Note here that the Royal Suite includes two single beds, one installed on each side of the F Class cabin. So other 772s have been used on flights that can be operated without an overnight flight such as those to the UAE and USA.
As far as I am aware the last two occasions Her Majesty and His Royal Highness flew long distance in any BA
aircraft other than in a 772 was in a 763. For their State Visit to South Korea from 18 to 22 April 1999 they flew in a 763. The aircraft used back then was the trend-setting G-BNWR. Trend setting? It was rolled out on the departure day after being repainted from the BA
Chelsea Rose (World Images) livery into the now ubiquitous BA
Union Flag livery. As much as the British media derided the World Images liveries it lauded the appearance of the Union Flag livery on this the first BA
subsonic aircraft to carry it. As a result within three months BA
had announced it would adopt this livery for its entire fleet.
Later in November 1999 another 763, G-BNWH, flew the two Royals on a State Visit to Ghana and later South Africa as well as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Durban before the State Visit to Mozambique.
Prior to the South Korea visit I only have a three records of the BA
aircraft used by the Royal Couple on long haul flights. However my best guess is that they never flew in a BA
Why is a BA
747 an unlikely choice? It was too large (and therefore expensive) for the size of any Royal Party. The three earlier flights / trips were:
1. In November 1977 Concorde G-BOAE flew Queen Elizabeth home from BGI
at the end of a Royal Tour of the Caribbean
2. In 1983 the Queen and Prince Philip were flown on a State Visit to Kenya, Bangladesh and India and to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in New Delhi on a BA
L-1011 TriStar 500 (G-BFCD). (This was notable as the homeward DEL
flight was the last BA
revenue earning flight by any L-1011 500. Indeed the aircraft was leased by BA
from the RAF after the airline had sold it to them in the preceeding March.)
3. L-1011-200 G-BHBO flew Her Majesty and her Consort to AKL
(and where else?) to open the XIV Commonwealth Games in New Zealand in 1990.
So my best assessment is that the Royal Couple's use of BA
long haul aircraft has been the L-1011, then the B 763 and most recently the B 772 but never the 747.