December 1, 2023


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Members of the Royal Household share a behind-the-scenes take a look at the non-public jet utilized by King Charles

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King Charles III Private Jet

Members of the British royal household shared a uncommon look into their luxurious journey preparations on Monday, as King Charles and Queen Camilla made the journey from London to Kenya to start the primary state go to of their reign to a Commonwealth nation.

The King and Queen will tour Kenya from October 31 to November 3, and can attend quite a few high-profile occasions, together with a glittering state banquet in Nairobi and a go to to a naval base in Mombasa.

To succeed in the East African nation, Charles and Camilla used the British authorities’s VIP planes referred to as the “RAF (Royal Air Pressure) Voyager”. The plane is a part of the nationwide fleet, which can be utilized by members of the royal household, the Prime Minister and members of the federal government on state enterprise.

King Charles III's private plane
RAF Voyager in Jamaica whereas utilized by the Prince and Princess of Wales throughout a tour of the Caribbean on March 24, 2022, and (inside picture) King Charles III in Kenya on October 31, 2023. The King and Queen traveled to Kenya utilizing the RAF Voyager.
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The plane maintains an official operate as an aerial refueling tanker and is able to distributing the gasoline load to a different plane within the air. She was designed to accommodate VIPs in 2016, and in 2020 she underwent an exterior refit, being painted white and gold with a Union Jack flag on the tail.

The RAF Voyager has 58 enterprise class seats, plus 100 commonplace seats and a mean flight requires a crew of 13, together with two pilots.

For occasions akin to state visits, the King and Queen are anticipated to be accompanied by members of their senior employees, in addition to representatives from the UK Authorities’s International, Commonwealth and Growth Workplace, and a consultant group of journalists, photographers and videographers. From the Royal Press ROTA.

Because of the excessive profile of its passengers, photographs and movies from inside Voyager’s VIP cabin are not often seen, however the public was provided a uncommon glimpse inside by the royal household’s official social media channels, which uploaded footage of Charles and Camilla en path to Kenya on Monday.

Captioned “✈️ The King and Queen traveled to Kenya right now forward of their official go to, which begins tomorrow,” the seven-second clip exhibits the King and Queen studying official papers within the cabin throughout their journey.

Charles is seen studying from purple certain volumes emblazoned along with his “CRIII” royal cipher in gold, and stamped “THE KING”.

Every member of the royal household sits in giant enterprise class seats, with the king working from his desk in a uncommon look sporting his glasses.

Members of the royal household have confronted scrutiny over their journey preparations previously, with explicit consideration given to Charles as he has been a passionate voice on environmental points all through his public life.

Within the 2022 to 2023 monetary yr, Charles made 9 journeys by non-public jet, in accordance with a complement printed with Buckingham Palace’s annual Sovereign Grants report, which particulars official journey by royals amounting to £17,000 or extra per journey.

Earlier this yr, the royal confronted backlash for utilizing a authorities airplane referred to as the ‘Child Voyager’ when he and Camilla traveled to France on a state go to, reasonably than utilizing the Eurostar prepare.

On the time, he was a former politician and e-book writer and what are you doing?, Norman Baker stated Newsweek That Charles used the airplane for a go to that would have simply been performed utilizing much less environmentally impactful technique of journey undermined his authority as an environmentalist.

He added: “It is a unhealthy look and it undermines his message, which is a vital message.” “He must get his home so as.”

Buckingham Palace stated journey preparations for official excursions had been made on authorities recommendation, however the King had requested that sustainable jet gasoline be used the place attainable.

Newsweek I’ve contacted Buckingham Palace through electronic mail for remark.

James Crawford Smith NewsweekRoyal correspondent, based mostly in London. You will discover him on X (previously Twitter) at @jrcrawfordsmith And skim his tales on Newsweek‘s Kings page on Facebook.

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