Dutch king reveals double life as an airline pilot for KLM


King Willem-Alexander has been ferrying passengers around for 21 years, but they are never told there’s a royal in the cockpit.

This handout photo taken on May 16, 2017 and provided by the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on May 17, 2017 shows Dutch King Willem-Alexander sitting inside the cockpit of a KLM Cityhopper, next to pilot Maarten Putman (L), at the Schiphol Airport, near Amsterdam.

For 21 years, King Willem-Alexander has taken to the skies twice a month to ferry passengers around on short-haul services for the Dutch airline KLM.

Although travellers may have recognised the monarch’s voice as he updated them on weather conditions and their time of arrival, the royal’s presence was never revealed.


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