"Secrets of the Royal Flight" lifts the curtain on five-star regal luxury at 30,000 feet and tells the story of a family who loves to fly in style. From a young Queen jetting around the globe for the very first time to the next generation taking the Windsor brand worldwide, this episode uncovers how plane travel defines a family constantly on the move.
During her lifetime, Queen Elizabeth II has flown over one million air miles. This episode traces her story in the air, from the dangerous beginnings of jet travel to the luxury of her own private jet. Exclusive revelations from the onboard team detail the secrets of imperial service, from wrangling corgis in the sky to preparing Her Majesty's favorite aperitif. The episode also unveils stories, from managing the 12 tons of luggage Queen Elizabeth II took on her 44,000-mile Commonwealth tour in 1953 to landing with the body of a much-loved Princess Diana to an audience of over half a billion around the globe. In 1995, the government disbanded the Queen's flight after investigating how much was spent on air travel. For public duties, the younger royals now travel commercially, sometimes slipping into rear seats under assumed names.
Take to the skies for an insider's look at the regal luxury of royal air travel. From 1936 when Edward became Britain's first reigning monarch to fly as both passenger and pilot, to the present, discover how jet-setting has defined the modern royals.