Prince William executes PERFECT landing after flying Princess Charlotte to Commonwealth Games by chopper
Princess Charlotte arrived at the Commonwealth Games in a helicopter flown by her father Prince William. The Duke of Cambridge was seen in a video on the Cobra Emergency YouTube channel, landing a Bell 429 'GlobalRanger' helicopter at the Tally Ho training ground center, which is used by West Midlands police.
Royal fans were thrilled to see little Charlotte waving from the back of the aircraft in her striped Rachel Riley dress and her hair in pigtails. The Duke of Cambridge was lauded by his fans as he steered the chopper to a "perfect" landing on a football field before the family hopped into a black Range Rover to head to the Sandwell Aquatics center in Birmingham.
Kate Middleton, meanwhile, traveled to Birmingham by train. The 51-year-old Matthew Syed wrote in The Times how the Duchess of Cambridge chatted "merrily" with his eight-year-old son Ted while traveling in the First Class carriage. Seven-year-old Charlotte enjoyed a day of watching swimming and hockey after meeting her mother in Birmingham on Tuesday, August 2. She delighted royal fans as she brimmed with enthusiasm during the events.
The princess was seen pulling funny faces at her mother later in the day, suggesting she was fatigued after a long day. While she proved she was just like any other child, her helicopter arrival reminded royal fans she is still a VIP. That said, her father appears to have ignored the concerns of his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, who is reportedly against him flying his family around in helicopters. "Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport," a close source told The Sun last December, adding that it made the 96-year-old monarch "nervous" and kept her awake at night.
A general royal protocol requires those in the line of succession not to fly on the same plane, in case of an untoward incident. However, William has proven himself to be a skilled pilot after having trained in the RAF. He is known to fly his family around frequently, and his skill was evident as he landed smoothly on Tuesday without any issues.
The Duke, after arriving at the Games with his wife and daughter, met up with his uncle Prince Edward, 58, Sophie Wessex, 57, and his cousins Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James Viscount Severn, 14. The Cambridges then watched the Men's 1500m Freestyle Heats at the Sandwell Aquatics Centre before going to see some hockey.
Charlotte appeared to enjoy the swimming event, but she seemed to lose interest when the hockey and subsequent games began.
The youngster was caught in a series of photos that showed her making hilarious faces before appearing a little exhausted and ready to call it a day. That said, it would have been a short journey for the royal back to Kensington Palace in the chopper, the Daily Mail reported.