Royals Fly Commercial Airlines Home After Zara Phillip's Wedding

Posted Aug 2nd 2011 08:15 AMUpdated Aug 2nd 2011 11:12 AM



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After the wedding of his cousin, Zara Phillips, this past weekend, Prince William didn't take a private flight back to Manchester.

Instead, he whisked his new bride, Catherine Middleton, on a budget airline jet for the hour-long jaunt from Edinburgh to their new home in Anglesey (Manchester is the closest airport), the Daily Mail reports.

The royal duo hopped on a Flybe flight and sat with everyone else on the plane (the airline doesn't offer a first class section). The couple reportedly went through security (see, they ARE just like us!) and sat with bodyguards on the flight. Cost of a one-way ticket? A thrifty $62.

A Manchester Airport spokesman told the Daily Mail: "With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge living not too far away in North Wales, we were hoping to seem them more often and become their local international airport of choice and we are looking forward to welcoming them through out doors over the coming years."

Meanwhile, Prince Harry took to the skies with easyJet for the hour-long hop from Edinburgh to London, the Telegraph reports. His ticket price? $36.

This isn't the first time Kate and Will have flown commercial. The couple flew back to London from Los Angeles on a British Airways jet following their North American tour. Prince William flew a commercial Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Christchurch back in March.

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Next time they should call me to fly private​michaelb

August 03 2011 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul W

From a moment looking at title, I got concerned that the AL Central cellar dwellers were being forced to go commercial. Glad to see I was wrong.

August 02 2011 at 8:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


That was a hat she was wearing? I literally was trying to figure out (from the one pic) if it was a hat- or someone was holding something over her head. Wish I could get better pic of what apparently is certainly NOT a hat the queen would wear (speaking of the queen - does she ever wear same outfit twice - wonder who gets the hand-me-downs!!)

August 02 2011 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

An example our politicians and church leaders and especially corporate execs should follow.

August 02 2011 at 7:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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What, to fly from Los Angeles to London taking nine seats in first class at $4,339.00 EACH, two for the Duke and Duchess and 7 for aides and bodyguards? It would have been cheaper to take a private Gulfstream V. But we adore gestures don't we? Even if they are empty and expensive.

August 02 2011 at 8:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Now that's leadership.

Good choice of a husband, Kate.

Wish we had leaders of our country like that, in times like these.

August 02 2011 at 6:52 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I am impressed. Would it be too much to ask for our own over the top show off politicians to take a lesson from the future King of England? Diana would be proud.

August 02 2011 at 6:32 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
Heidi Ann

Well, that's a cool thing. It's refreshing to see. I like William. Not that I know him personally but I think it's a very good thing to do. Diana did a good job raising them and grounding them. It was a good thing she taught them to wait in line like others.

August 02 2011 at 6:27 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

They do seem to be a well grounded couple and family. Prince William is really something else. He rescued a man stuck on a mountain in a blizzard. He piloted the rescue helicopter, I think their's a documentary about it. A couple of chopper pilots tried to rescue the man but gave up due to the blizzard conditions on the mountain. Everyone knew the man would die if he wasn't rescued by nightfall so Prince William took the rescue chopper up and saved the man. The guy didn't know the pilot was the Prince until they were back on the ground, and he couldn't believe it. Even the other rescue workers on the chopper were amazed at how skilled Prince William was as a chopper pilot. England has every reason to be proud of William and Harry. Princess Di would be very proud.

August 02 2011 at 6:14 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
David Harrison

Now if we could get our "Royals" to fly commercial..... Oh that's right no tax break for flying commercial just subsidies for private jet use.

August 02 2011 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

I remember Richard Nixon using commercial airline service. Flying public raised hell because they thought it put the common folks at risk.

August 02 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply