How the royal family has reinvented itself with the royal baby
Posted On August 7, 2021
Royal family members have been taking to the skies in the first months of their second baby.
The first royal baby was born in July, and it was a boy, Prince William.
A second baby was christened in October, and a third baby is expected to be born in December.
But the royal families have also been using their jets to fly royal family members around the country.
Their first royal family jet was a Cessna 208C, which the family flew from Scotland to London on July 14.
It was powered by an 800hp Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine and could take off and land from about 2,400 feet.
Two other jets have since been built.
Royal family members also flew to Japan and Australia, where they stayed with their Japanese mother and the Queen.
These are the first royal flights for the family since the Duchess of Cambridge had her first baby, Princess Charlotte, in September.
This latest jet is a 737-900ER, which was the most powerful plane in the royal fleet, according to the US Department of Defense.
Since its first flight in 2003, the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFD) has flown more than 1,500 royal family passengers, according the Royal Air Force.
After the Royal Family’s first child, Princess Margaret, Princess Eugenie was flown on a RFD jet from Britain to Washington, DC, in March 2005.
Then, in January 2008, Princess Kate, Prince Harry, Prince George and Prince Harry’s parents, Prince Charles and Diana, and Princess Eugénie flew from the UK to New York.
In March, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, flew on an RFD-powered flight from London to Paris.
They stayed with Princess Eugene’s family for five nights, from August to December, to visit her at the hospital.
There are no official numbers for royal jet use in the UK, but a Royal Air Ambulance Service spokeswoman told Newsweek that the aircraft was often used for royal family visits to Britain and abroad.
“We have been using the RFD aircraft to carry royal family personnel in and out of the UK since 2009 and it is the only Royal Air force aircraft capable of carrying out such a mission,” the spokeswoman said.
She added that the plane had been used for some royal family business, such as to deliver flowers and a speech.
Although the Royal family has been flying in their private jets, they have also used public planes to go on royal family excursions, such on the Royal Windsor, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret tours.
On May 15, the family took a four-hour flight from England to the Bahamas.
The plane, which took off at 11:45am local time, was carrying Prince Charles, the Duchess and Duchess Mary and the Duchess Philip, along with a private jet and a passenger jet.
Prince Charles flew on the private jet, while Prince Philip and the Princess Mary and Duke of Edinburgh took the private plane.
Following the Queen’s birthday, the royal couple flew from London Heathrow to Southampton, Southampton, England.
Later, the Queen flew from Southampton to Windsor Castle, Windsor, England, and the royal yacht Princess Margaret arrived at Windsor Castle at 2:00am.
By late May, the UK was expected to have flown about 10,000 royal family flights.
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