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Dutch King Has Secretly Been Co-Piloting KLM Flights For 21 Years

Dutch king reveals he's been leading secret double life as a pilot Dutch King Willem Alexander posing in front of a KLM Cityhopper aircraft at Schiphol Airport
Eleena Tovar | 19 May, 2017, 22:53

He said, laughing: "The advantage is that I can always say I am speaking on behalf of the captain and crew to welcome them on board. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying", he told De Telegraaf. You have an airplane, passengers and a crew. He became the Netherlands first king in 123 years after three successive queens.

Describing his part-time role as a "hobby", the King explained he'd been taking to the cockpit as a co-pilot of KLM Cityhopper for over two decades.

He's stepping away from co-piloting flights on the airline's fleet of Fokker 70 planes for the moment, and is now retraining to fly Boeing 737s because the airline is phasing out the Fokkers. You have responsibility for them, ' the king told De Telegraaf.

Willem-Alexander volunteered to fly for the African Medical Research and Education Foundation and the Kenya Wildlife Service in the 1990s.

"So I don't have to say my own name". You can not take your problems from the ground with you in the sky.

The Dutch King called the Netherlands a school example of a multicultural society, and Amsterdam the capital of tolerance. "But then, most people don't listen anyway". You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. He pilots a Fokker 70 aircraft for the KLM Cityhopper service, but he is now being retrained to fly a 737, noted the BBC News. The presence of the royal was never revealed on any of the flights, although it is believed that numerous passengers he was flying may have recognised his voice, when he updated them during the flight on such things as weather, time of arrival and other matters that we are all so used to hearing. Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also reportedly takes charge of the cockpit sometimes when he flies on state visits.

Prince William of Britain was a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot for the British military and has flown for an air ambulance service.