Princess Charlotte arrived at the Commonwealth Games in style – being flown into Birmingham in a helicopter by her father Prince William.
A video on the Cobra Emergency YouTube channel shows William landing at the Tally Ho training ground centre, used by for West Midlands police, in a Bell 429 ‘GlobalRanger’ helicopter.
Eagle-eyed royal fans could just about make out Charlotte waving in her striped Rachel Riley dress with her hair in pigtails, sitting at the back of the aircraft as it landed.
Commenting on the YouTube video, people praised William for his ‘perfect’ landing.
The Duke of Cambridge steered the chopper to a smooth landing in a football field before the family disembark and hop into a black Range Rover to head to the Sandwell Aquatics center in Birmingham.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge traveled to Birmingham in a somewhat less exciting mode of transport, as she took the train.
Matthew Syed, 51, wrote in The Times that Kate chatted ‘merrily’ to his eight-year-old son Ted while she traveled in the First Class carriage.
Footage showed the Duke of Cambridge, 40, arriving in style as he landed the helicopter at Tally Ho training ground, used by West Midlands Police, on Tuesday
William looked cool and collected as he stepped out of the helicopter where a Range Rover was waiting to take him to the Commonwealth Games
People praised Prince William for his ‘perfect’ landing at the training ground
After meeting her mother in Birmingham on Tuesday, Princess Charlotte, seven, enjoyed a day of watching swimming and hockey. Throughout the day she delighted royal fans with her enthusiasm.
Photos showed Charlotte’s fatigue later in the day when she started to pull funny faces at her mother – no doubt reminding parents everywhere of their own children.
But although Charlotte proved she can be just like any other child, a video of the princess arriving in a helicopter reminded royal fans she is very much still a VIP.
William, 40, appears to have ignored the wishes of his grandmother, The Queen, who reportedly does not like to see him flying his family around in helicopters.
Last December a source told The Sun: ‘Her Majesty has told close friends and courtiers that she would like William to stop flying himself, particularly in bad weather, as helicopters are not the safest form of transport.’
The source added it made the Queen ‘nervous’ and kept her awake at night.
Princess Charlotte, seven, gave her father a thumbs up as the Cambridges watched swimming events at the Sandwell Aquatics Center
Charlotte stole the show throughout the day as she watched various events with her parents and the Wessexes
The excitement of the day seemed to be a lot for the young princess, who appeared tired as events drew to a close
There is already a general protocol among the royals that those in the line of succession should not fly on the same plane, in case of a disaster.
However, Prince William is a skilled pilot having trained in the RAF and frequently flies his family around in helicopters.
His skill was evident as he landed on Tuesday without a hitch.
After arriving at the Commonwealth Games 2022 with Kate and Charlotte, the Duke of Cambridge also met up with his uncle Prince Edward, 58, Sophie Wessex, 57, and his cousins Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James Viscount Severn, 14.
The Cambridges watched the Men’s 1500m Freestyle Heats at the Sandwell Aquatics Center before going to see the hockey.
While Charlotte, who admitted her favorite sport is gymnastics, appeared to enjoy the swimming, the seven-year-old’s attention appeared to wane when the hockey began.
The little princess stole the show in a series of hilarious photos which showed her looking a little exhausted and ready to go home.
Luckily for Charlotte, it would have been a short journey back to Kensington Palace in the chopper.
Kate Middleton ‘chatted merrily to an eight-year-old boy’ in the first class train carriage on her way to Birmingham to entertain him after his father popped to the bathroom, athlete reveals
Kate Middleton ‘chatted merrily to eight-year-old boy’ in the first class train carriage on her way to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games this week after her father popped to the bathroom, an athlete has claimed.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, visited the city earlier this week to watch the tournament with their daughter Princess Charlotte, seven.
And today Matthew Syed, 51, revealed how he and his son had a surprise encounter with the mother-of-three while traveling on the train on Tuesday.
Writing about the impromptu meeting for The Times, he explained he could hear someone laughing along with his son while he used the toilet – and was stunned to see it was the royal herself.
He said the two were ‘chatting merrily’ and ‘having a whale of a time’, adding: ‘As I am doing my thing, I hear him talking to a woman in the vestibule. ‘Are you here alone?’ she asks. ‘No, my dad is in there’ – he says, pointing to the lavatory.’
Kate Middleton ‘chatted merrily to eight-year-old boy’ in the first class train carriage on her way to Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games this week after his father popped to the bathroom, an athlete has claimed
Matthew explained he and his son Ted were traveling first class en-route to see table tennis event at the Commonwealth Games on Tuesday when he popped in to use the lavatory.
The journalist wrote the pair sounded like they were having a ‘whale of a time’ and were laughing as he heard Ted tell Kate ‘that his father once won the Commonwealth gold’.
The two continued chatting while Matthew finished drying his hands and left the vestibule.
The former table tennis player added that he was ‘stopped in his tracks’ as he turned to see who had been entertaining his son.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, both 40, visited the city earlier this week to watch the tournament with their daughter Princess Charlotte, seven
”Kate?’, I blurt out,’ he wrote. ‘There are no security guards in the vestibule; not armed guards. But here is the Duchess of Cambridge, chatting merrily with my son.’
Matthew said that while Ted didn’t know who he’d been talking to, the eight-year-old said ‘she was really nice’.
He praised the Duchess’ ‘character and sense of duty’, adding that she ‘had no idea she was chatting to the son of a journalist…The monarchy is in consummate hands.’
Kate had been traveling for a day of royal engagements in the city with Prince William and their daughter Princess Charlotte.
The seven-year-old was on her best behavior as she shook hands with sporting VIPs during the visit – and proudly revealed her favorite sport is gymnastics.
Matthew Syed, 51, revealed that he could hear someone laughing along with his son while he used the toilet during a train journey to the Birmingham event earlier this week
During this week’s appearance, Kate paid a touching tribute to her daughter as she donned jewels first worn at her christening for the occasion.
The Duchess opted to wear a set of jewels she first wore for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015.
The mother-of-three donned the dazzling jewelery set, opting for her pair of £3,750 Mappin & Webb ‘Empress’ Diamond Carriage Earrings and her matching £2,000 Empress Mini White Gold & Diamond Pendant Necklace.
The day started with a visit to the Sandwell Aquatics Center where the Cambridges joined Prince Edward, the Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 14, to cheer on athletes in a number of swimming heats.
Kate had been traveling for a day of royal engagements in the city with Prince William and their daughter Princess Charlotte
Charlotte put on an animated display, giving her father a thumbs up, pulling funny faces, and even sticking her tongue out and she soaked up the atmosphere.
After going out to the Aquatics Centre, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to a program supporting young athletes. Princess Charlotte was photographed on her best behaviour, shaking hands with Tim Lawler, CEO of SportsAid.
Elsewhere the young princess revealed gymnastics was the sport she liked most and joined a nutritional workshop helping her parents place pictures of foods such as nuts, bread and grapes into the right groups, whether protein, carbohydrates, antioxidants or healthy fats.