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Spanish Queen Flies Ryan Air!

 

Updated : Jun 3, 2009

Queen Sofia of Spain has given expenses made politicians a lesson in austerity by flying to London on Ryanair for just £13.

The Spanish royal is believed to have flown with the low-cost airline to visit her brother Constantine, the former King of Greece, who is recovering from heart surgery at a London hospital.

The 70-year-old monarch boarded the plane in the northern Spanish city of Santander on Sunday evening and arrived two hours later at Stansted airport, reports the Daily Telegraph.

With the exception of King Juan Carlos of Spain who always travels on military flights, the Spanish royals regularly use scheduled airlines both within Spain and internationally.

"Whenever possible the royals use Spanish airlines but in this case Ryanair was the most suitable option for the journey," said a spokesman at the royal palace. "I believe it may be the first time they have chosen to use Ryanair," he added.

Queen Sofia's budget fare stands in stark contrast to the extravagant sums spent by the British royal family on foreign travel.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were criticised for spending a reported £330,000 when they flew to New York in a private jet in 2005.

And in April the pair chartered a luxury private jet costing an estimated £80,000 for a five-day tour of Europe to promote environmental issues.

Last year Prince Andrew hired a jet to travel across America at a cost of £118,440. In April 2008 Prince William caused controversy when it emerged he had used an RAF Chinook helicopter to fly himself and brother Harry to a stag weekend on the Isle of Wight.

VeryHappyPig says fair play to royal-although if we had the chance to fly first class we would jump at it!

 

 

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