Princess Charlotte arrived in style at the Commonwealth Games – she was flown to Birmingham in a helicopter by her father Prince William.
A video on the Cobra Emergency YouTube channel shows William landing at Tally Ho’s training center, used by West Midlands Police, in a Bell 429 ‘GlobalRanger’ helicopter.
Eagle-eyed royal fans could just see Charlotte waving in her striped Rachel Riley dress with her hair in pigtails, as she sat in the back of the plane when it landed.
Commenting on the YouTube video, people praised William for his “perfect” landing.
The Duke of Cambridge steered the helicopter to a smooth landing on a football pitch before the family disembarked and boarded a black Range Rover to head to the Sandwell Aquatics center in Birmingham.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Birmingham on a less exciting mode of transport, taking the train.
Matthew Syed, 51, wrote in The Times that Kate chatted ‘cheerfully’ with his eight-year-old son Ted as she traveled in the First Class carriage.
Footage shows the 40-year-old Duke of Cambridge arriving in style as he landed the helicopter on Tuesday at Tally Ho’s training ground, used by West Midlands Police.
William looked cool and composed as he got out of the helicopter where a Range Rover was waiting to take him to the Commonwealth Games
People praised Prince William for his ‘perfect’ landing on the training ground
After meeting her mother in Birmingham on Tuesday, Princess Charlotte, seven, enjoyed a day of swimming and hockey. All day long, she delighted royal fans with her enthusiasm.
Photos showed Charlotte’s fatigue later in the day as she began to make funny faces at her mother – no doubt reminding parents everywhere of their own children.
But while Charlotte proved she can be just like any other kid, a video of the princess arriving in a helicopter reminds royal fans that she’s still a VIP.
William, 40, appears to have ignored the wishes of his grandmother, The Queen, who reportedly hates seeing his family flying around in helicopters.
Last December, a source told The Sun: “Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she wants William to stop flying herself, especially in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport.”
The source added that it made the queen “nervous” and kept her up at night.
Princess Charlotte, seven, gave her father a thumbs up as the Cambridges watched swimming events at the Sandwell Aquatics Center
Charlotte stole the show all day while watching various events with her parents and the Wessexes
The excitement of the day seemed to be much for the young princess, who looked tired as the events drew to a close
There is already general protocol under the royal family that those in the line of succession should not fly on the same plane in the event of a disaster.
However, Prince William is an experienced pilot trained in the RAF and often flies around in helicopters with his family.
His skill was evident as he landed without a hitch on Tuesday.
After arriving at the 2022 Commonwealth Games with Kate and Charlotte, the Duke of Cambridge also met his uncle Prince Edward, 58, Sophie Wessex, 57, and cousins Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James Viscount Severn, 14.
The Cambridges watched the men’s 1500m freestyle at the Sandwell Aquatics Center before heading to hockey.
While Charlotte, who admitted that gymnastics is her favorite sport, seemed to enjoy swimming, the seven-year-old’s attention seemed to wane as hockey kicked in.
The little princess stole the show in a series of hilarious photos where she looked a bit exhausted and ready to go home.
Fortunately for Charlotte, it had been a short trip back to Kensington Palace in the helicopter.
Kate Middleton ‘happy chatted with eight-year-old boy’ in first-class railcar on way to Birmingham to entertain him after dad jumped to bathroom, athlete reveals
Kate Middleton ‘happy chatted with an eight-year-old boy’ in the first-class railcar bound for Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games this week after his father jumped to the bathroom, one athlete claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, visited the city earlier this week to watch the tournament with their daughter Princess Charlotte, seven.
And today, Matthew Syed, 51, revealed how he and his son had a surprising encounter with the mother of three while traveling on the train on Tuesday.
Writing about the impromptu meeting for The Times, he explained that he could hear someone laughing with his son as he went to the toilet – and to his utter surprise saw that it was the royal family.
He said the two were “chatting happily” and “having a great time,” adding: “While I’m doing my thing, I can hear him talking to a woman in the vestibule. “Are you alone here?” she asks. ‘No, my father is in there’ – he says, pointing to the toilet.’
Kate Middleton ‘cheerfully chatted with eight-year-old boy’ in the first-class railcar bound for Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games this week after his father jumped to the bathroom, an athlete has claimed
Matthew explained that he and his son Ted were on their way first class to attend the table tennis event at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday when he came in to use the toilet.
The journalist wrote that the pair sounded like they had a ‘whale of a time’ and laughed when he heard Ted tell Kate ‘his father once won Commonwealth gold’.
The two continued talking as Matthew finished drying his hands and left the vestibule.
The former table tennis player added that he “came to a halt” when he turned to see who had entertained his son.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, visited the city earlier this week to watch the tournament with their daughter Princess Charlotte, age seven.
“Kate?” I blurt out,” he wrote. ‘There are no guards in the vestibule; no armed guards. But here’s the Duchess of Cambridge, chatting merrily with my son.’
Matthew said that although Ted didn’t know who he was talking to, the eight-year-old said she was “really nice.”
He praised the Duchess’ “character and devotion to duty”, adding that she “had no idea she was chatting with a journalist’s son… The monarchy is in perfect hands”.
Kate had been traveling for a day of royal engagements in the city with Prince William and their daughter Princess Charlotte.
The seven-year-old showed her best as she shook hands with sports VIPs during the visit and proudly revealed that her favorite sport is gymnastics.
Matthew Syed, 51, revealed he could hear someone laughing with his son while using the toilet during a train journey to the Birmingham event earlier this week
During this week’s performance, Kate paid a moving tribute to her daughter as she donned jewelry that was first worn at her christening for the occasion.
The Duchess chose to wear a set of jewels she first wore at Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015.
Wearing the dazzling jewelery set, the mum of three chose her pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb ‘Empress’ Diamond Carriage Earrings and her matching £2,000 Empress Mini White Gold & Diamond Pendant Necklace.
The day started with a visit to the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, where the Cambridges joined Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, to cheer on athletes during a number of swimming competitions.
Kate had been traveling for a day of royal engagements in the city with Prince William and their daughter Princess Charlotte
Charlotte put on an animated display, giving her father a thumbs up, making funny faces and even sticking out her tongue and soaking up the atmosphere.
After the trip to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited a program to support young athletes. Princess Charlotte was photographed on her best behavior shaking hands with SportsAid CEO Tim Lawler.
Elsewhere, the young princess revealed that gymnastics was the sport she liked the most and took part in a nutrition workshop to help her parents put pictures of foods like nuts, bread and grapes into the right groups, be it protein, carbohydrates, etc. antioxidants or healthy fats.