Ever wondered how the royals travel? Here are six surprising facts you may not know.
1. Security is a given
No royal ever flies without their security team but it’s not always as big an entourage as you may think. On their trip to Australia, William and Kate travelled with an 11-person security team while they took 12 on their travels to Canada.
2. It’s not a holiday
While it may look like a perfect holiday, the royals are often working on their trips. “Touring the world meeting heads of state and being shown cultural treasures sounds like a wonderful life,” said Telegraph reporter Gordon Rayner, who has attended 20 royal tours. “Yes I have no envy for the royal family. Their visits to world-famous sites rarely last more than 40 minutes, and the chances are they will never return.”
3. They travel on commercial airlines
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been known to swap their chartered royal jets for commercial airlines (British Airways is their air line of choice). However, Queen Elizabeth no longer takes scheduled flights.
4. Personalised royal luggage
The royals have a monogrammed and colour-coded system for their luggage. On William and Kate’s trip to Australia in 2014, it was revealed that William’s luggage was monogrammed with the letter W and a crown. Each family member also has a coloured tag – Prince George’s is baby blue!
5. Heirs should not fly together
So royal lineage is protected, royal protocol dictates that two heirs should never fly on the same plane together. However, William broke this tradition when he travelled with his son Prince George to Australia. However, during their trip to New York in December, 2014, Prince William and Kate adhered to this rule and Prince George stayed at home with his nanny and grandmother Carole Middleton.
6. All immigration rules apply
Royals still need passports and all the royals have to adhere to customs and immigration rules but they’re usually fast-tracked through the process. Queen Elizabeth is the only royal who does not need a passport but she does go through an identity check when she flies overseas.