King was 'secret co-pilot'

Dutch King Willem Alexander

Dutch King Willem Alexander

'You have an aircraft, passengers and crew. During the late '80s, passion for his "hobby" took him to Kenya, where he worked as a volunteer pilot, first for the medical aid organization, African Medical Research & Education Foundation (AMREF), and later went to work for the Kenya Wildlife Service.

The Dutch citizens were quite used to seeing King Willem-Alexander's grandmother Queen Juliana riding the streets on her bicycle, and Queen Juliana was particularly interested in the problems of developing countries, the refugee problem, and had a very special interest in child welfare, particularly in the developing countries, and on the night of 31 January 1953, the Netherlands was hit by the most destructive storm in more than five hundred years. Speaking to Netherlands newspaper De Telegraaf on being incognito he said: "The advantage is that I can always say I am speaking on behalf of the captain and crew to welcome them on board, so I don't have to say my name, but then, most people don't listen anyway". "That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying", the king told De Telegraaf. He will now retrain to fly Boeing 737s as the Fokkers are being phased out of service, said the report. You can for a brief moment disconnect and concentrate on something else.

He has been flying the KLM Cityhopper's Fokker 70 fleet even after he acceded to the throne in 2013. He often flew the Dutch royal airplane during the reign of his mother. It also seemed nice to fly to other destinations one day, with more passengers and bigger distances.

'Before September 11, the cockpit door was open. "But yes, some people recognize my voice during the flight". He added that the Netherlands has been sheltering people from all over the world for centuries.

A favourite complaint of anti-monarchists is that the Royal family don't have the most robust work-ethic. Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah also reportedly takes charge of the cockpit sometimes when he flies on state visits.

In Britain, the Duke of Cambridge is just finishing off a stint as an air ambulance helicopter pilot, his brother Prince Harry served in Afghanistan as an Apache helicopter co-pilot and their uncle Prince Andrew was a Royal Navy helicopter pilot during the Falklands War.