The king of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander said in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he is 21 years worked as a pilot of passenger vessels, while remaining incognito. Monarch stopped flying even after the accession to the throne in 2013.
Willem-Alexander admitted that the pilot of the plane was his “childhood dream”. Twice a month he sat at the helm of medium-range Fokker 70 up to 90 people as a “guest pilot” to save a pilot’s license.
However, until now it was not known that after the coronation of Willem-Alexander worked as the second pilot on flights operated by KLM Cityhopper, subsidiary of KLM. Her passengers tend to be European tourists.
The monarch said that for greater secrecy he wore the uniform of KLM, however, when he welcomed passengers on behalf of the crew, it would sometimes recognize the voice.
This summer Willem-Alexander intends to take courses on piloting Boeing 737s. “It would be nice someday to start flying to new destinations, with a large number of passengers over longer distances,” explained king.
Willem-Alexander ascended to the throne in 2013 after the abdication of his mother Queen Beatrix. On the maternal side he is a descendant of the Russian Emperor Paul I. Note that the Netherlands is a parliamentary monarchy.