King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands co-piloted his own flight to Norway

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and King Harald pass by during the official welcome ceremony at Slottsplassen in Oslo. Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

The Dutch monarch himself was at the helm when he and Queen Maxima flew to Norway.

It was the Dutch side that, via the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed to NTB that King Willem-Alexander was a co-pilot on the plane.

King Willem-Alexander (54) of the Netherlands is a trained pilot, and in an interview with the newspaper De Telegraaf, he revealed in 2017 that he regularly takes a seat in the cockpit of KLM’s flights.

“The most important thing for me is that I have a hobby that requires full concentration. You have the plane, the passengers, and the staff. You are responsible for that. You cannot take the problems from the ground with you in the air,” said the king.

The king is always a co-pilot and says that he often greets the passengers over the loudspeaker, without telling anyone about his other job.

“The advantage is that I can always warmly welcome people in the name of the staff and the captains. So I do not have to say my own name,” he stated.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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