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The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

Here are a few of the Aviation adventures of Queen Elizabeth II that are always the most unforgettable for aviation enthusiasts all over the world.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

The longest-reigning monarch in British history, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at the age of 96, leaving behind a legacy that used the media to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

Here are a few of the Aviation adventures of Queen Elizabeth II that are always the most unforgettable for aviation enthusiasts all over the world.

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1. The Queen does not need a British passport to travel abroad.

The Queen does not need to own a British passport since they are issued in Her Majesty’s name. The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Edinburgh are two further members of the Royal Family who all possess passports.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

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The first page of British passports contains a representation of the Royal Arms, together with the following wording: ‘Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.’

 

2. In 1954, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a guest on a Qantas flight.

In 1954, the Queen travelled on Qantas aircraft for numerous of her official engagements in Australia. Her Majesty dined from a special royal meal in the “Royal suite” in 1954, which was separated from the rest of the cabin by a curtain carrying the Crown emblem. Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchesses of Sussex, as well as their many trips, have all flown on Qantas to Australia.
The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

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In 1954, Queen Elizabeth II visited Australia for the first time as a monarch. The Queen crossed Australia onboard a specially fitted out Qantas Lockheed Constellation aircraft dubbed ‘Horace Brinsmead’
The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

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3. When ‘Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited India

India was visited by Queen Elizabeth three times: in 1961, 1983, and 1997. The most talked-about of her visits was her first one, which took place eight years after her coronation and after nearly 15 years of India’s independence.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

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President Rajendra Prasad welcomes Queen Elizabeth II of England and her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, upon their arrival at Delhi’s Palam Airport in January 1961 for a royal trip to India. Source

The Queen visits New Delhi, in 1983

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4. How Do the Royals of the United Kingdom Fly?

Strict confidentiality restrictions apply to the crews who have flown with The Queen, however, it is known that the aircraft are modified for The Queen’s usage.

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She also rented out military or governmental aircraft, such as the Royal Air Force’s specially modified Airbus A330. The British Prime Minister and other high government officials frequently fly on the aircraft, which has comfortable-looking staggered business class seats with direct aisle access.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

Courtesy : British Airways

She previously chartered Concorde as well as a British Airways Boeing 777 for her trip to Australia for an 11-day visit with the Duke of Edinburgh. Source 

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5. HRH Queen Elizabeth 2 flew a Concorde for the first time in 1977.

Following the Silver Jubilee tour, on November 2, 1977, the Queen took a Concorde flight for the first time from Barbados to Heathrow, as shown in the image below.

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There was a 3-hour, 42-minute flight. In February 1979, the Queen travelled extensively throughout the Middle East on Concorde.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

England’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, disembark from a British Airways Concorde supersonic transport aircraft upon their arrival for a royal visit.

The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

Her Majesty The Queen, Concorde G-BOAE, Barbados – London Heathrow, 2 November 1977 (Image Credit: British Airways)

 

6. The Queen frequently took Qantas flights on her official visits to Australia.

Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II's Life In Flight

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The Queen defied convention once more in 1995 when she travelled to New Zealand on an ordinary commercial airline for an official 10-day tour. She took the Boeing 747-400, Air New Zealand’s own Queen, on NZ1, the company’s flagship flight from London to Auckland via Los Angeles.

 

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7. Aircraft models that the Royal Family have travelled

These included images from 1951 when the then HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh made their first transatlantic flight on a Boeing Stratocruiser from London to Montreal aboard British Airways’ predecessor, BOAC, as well as a photo from Her Majesty The Queen’s first Commonwealth tour in 1953, after her Coronation.
The Life of Queen Elizabeth Include Several Aviation Milestones

Courtesy: British Airways

 
Aircraft models that the Royal Family have travelled on lined The Speedbird Centre route including De Havilland Comet 4s, Boeing 70s, Vickers VC-10s and Lockheed Tristars, along with items from Royal flights such as the Royal book, which has been signed by members of the family including Her Majesty The Queen, HRH Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, HRH Prince Philip and HRH The Prince of Wales.
 

8. The Queen’s Terminal

Openings of airport terminals. In addition, the Central Terminal Area at London Heathrow, Terminal 1, Terminal 5, and the North Terminal at Gatwick were all formally inaugurated by the Queen in 1955, 1969, and 2008.

Heathrow Terminal 2 is an airport terminal of Heathrow Airport, the primary airport servicing London, United Kingdom. It is commonly referred to as The Queen’s Terminal. Source

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