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Old 10-25-2009, 08:48 PM
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What happened to the new royal helicopter? The old one was supposed to be replaced by a new model in August, but I haven't heard anything.
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Old 10-25-2009, 09:11 PM
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what other transportations do they have ????, do they have their own cars or they just always use the one belong to the fmaily?
I never listen anything aobut the helicopter! what about other royals?
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:23 AM
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The new helicopter has been delivered. As transport they have a nice car, a royal helicopter since 1998, and a royal train since 1977 for the silver jubilee. The royal yacht was christened in 1953 but was decomissioned in 1997. There was a division of the Air Force called "The King's/Queen's flight". They accepted a new VIP version of the BAE jets in roughly 1983 (two planes). But this jet can only fly non-stop to Europe. It is incapable of crossing the ocean. In the last 25 years, the planes are getting very old, and they are used by the military brass, and for other reasons. As they age they need a lot of maintenance. The royal family is relying more and more on chartered jets.
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The queen only leaves the UK two to three times a year. When she does it is almost always on a chartered British Airways jet. Her children or her cousins leave several times a year, and they charter jets from luxury charters which may have Swiss or some other countries logos.
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Charles' travel costs have exploded in recent years. He is renting more and more elaborate jets, and going further and longer. Costs are in £,000
2009:£1,710 2008:£1,157 2007:£1,485 2006:£1,149 2005:£1,059 2004:£825 2003:£478
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AFP: Queen's corgi-friendly car on sale in Britain

A top-of-the-range Daimler formerly owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is up for sale, with unique features including a handbag holder and corgi-friendly fittings.
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:11 PM
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Handbag holder and corgi friendly, just love it.
That would be a wonderful car to own.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:43 AM
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Since the Royal Yacht Britannia was retired, have any of the Royals used ships to travel on official tours? Or is it just too expensive to sail the seven seas these days?
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Old 03-25-2010, 07:25 AM
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Since the Royal Yacht Britannia was retired, have any of the Royals used ships to travel on official tours? Or is it just too expensive to sail the seven seas these days?
The PoW and the DoC hired a yatch for their working visit to the Carribbean a few years ago.
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Old 03-25-2010, 01:05 PM
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The Daimler is very nice and will definately be a collector's item. For her visits to Canada, the Canadian Forces supply a jet from the base in Trenton, ON. Operated by the 437th Squadron of the RCAF, it's a military version of the Airbus A310.
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Old 03-25-2010, 03:10 PM
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I'm curious as to how much it's worth? It doesn't give an asking price in the article.
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Old 03-25-2010, 05:14 PM
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What's the old saying? "If you have to ask, you can't afford it":)
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AFP: Queen's corgi-friendly car on sale in Britain

A top-of-the-range Daimler formerly owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is up for sale, with unique features including a handbag holder and corgi-friendly fittings.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes for the car to be sold, and whether it is a UK buyer or an overseas collector.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:25 PM
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I hope this is the right thread to ask this question, if not, please move my post! On Saturday a limousine passed by me near buckingham palace, with an royal emblem on its roof and the license plate WE 1. Sorry for this stupid question, but was that one of the queens cars?? Since its windows were light reflecting, I couldnt clearly identify the persons inside, but it was an elderly lady wearing a hat and an elderly man. I'm so excited now because I might have seen the queen whoohooo . But I think it must have been "at least" an other family member's car.

edit: I did some google research, it's apparently westminster's lord mayor's car. Which makes sense, WE for Westminster.... :(
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Old 04-27-2010, 12:27 PM
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FYI: HMs official cars do not carry any registration numbers. Her private ones tend not to have cusotomised number plates.
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Does anynone think William would/could ever use his flying skills for his royal duties someday? For instance piloting (or co-piloting) a helicopter to his royal engagements. Did Prince Andrew ever do this when he used to fly helicopters?
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:24 PM
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I doubt he would ever personally fly his helicopters to his events, just like they wouldn't drive themselves to events. There would be a lot of paperwork involved. Plus William i don't think, has been trained to fly the helicopter that is being used for taking royals to far away engagments.
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Old 05-11-2010, 05:53 PM
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What type of paperwork would they have to do?
Isn't he learning to fly a complex helicopter already? He may have to be certified for a specific type of helicopter, but once you learn to fly a helicopter aren't they all similar?
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Old 05-11-2010, 06:40 PM
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I wouldn't be at all surprised if he did in the future.

Charles and Philip both did in the past.
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Yes, that's true. Andrew should fly himself as a cost-cutting measure. Actually, I have no problem with Prince Andrew using the helicopter; but the papers make a fuss over it.
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Old 05-12-2010, 05:33 PM
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I could see William using his flying skills perhaps some of the time. There might be times when it's not feasible for instance if he's going from one engagement to another and he needs to go over his speech or review the agenda with his staff.
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Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands also does this.
When having to fly to an engagement, he often flies himself.
Apparently, he really likes doing so, and at the same time he keeps up with the necessary number of flight-hours he needs to keep his licence.
William can do the same thing.
Why would that be too much paperwork?
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