Flight delays and bad weather do not just impact the commoner, but also the Queen herself, Elizabeth II. Her Majesty found herself, like thousands of others, circling over London due to bad storms yesterday, with her private jet unable to land.
Fierce Flurry Of Rain Delays Private Jet Arrival Into London Of Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms was traveling from Balmoral, her Scottish estate, to London ahead of Platinum Jubilee celebrations set to take place this week to commemorate her 70 years on the throne.
Her 13-seat private jet, a Embraer ERJ-135BJ aircraft (registration LX-TRO), took off Aberdeen just after 1:00PM, itself delayed due to rain there. As her flight approached London, pilots encountered rain, hail, and an electrical storm.
The jet used by Queen Elizabeth attempted to land at RAF Northolt, a Royal Air Force station about six miles north of London Heathrow, but had to pull back into the air and began circling.
After allowing the storm to clear, the aircraft successfully landed. From RAF Northholt, Her Majesty was driven via Range Rover to Windsor Castle.
Hail, rain, thunder, and lightning may have delayed her landing, but the Queen is now safety back in England as the nation prepares to honor her tomorrow. Stay tuned for more details on this, as Live and Let’s Fly tracks this monumental event.
image: Craig Shepheard, Demotix