How the Queen Travels

How the Queen Travels

This video was made possible by Curiosity
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you’ll also get access to Nebula—the streaming video platform that HAI is a part of. The Queen is the Queen of lots of places—Milton
Keynes, Peterborough, Derby, the list goes on. What that means is that she has had to travel
a lot in order to make sure that as many people as possible in as many places as possible
get waved at. In fact, she is supposedly the most travelled
head-of-state in history, probably at least partially since she’s been Queen since the
early jurassic period, almost. While she’s cut back on the international
travel in recent years, she still has, like, a lot of houses that she needs to visit. She typically starts the year at Sandringham
House, stays there through early February, then heads back to London to start her rotation
of Buckingham Palace during the week, Windsor castle during the weekends, which she maintains,
except for a few longer stays at Windsor, until the end of June. It’s at that point that she heads up to
the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, for a week, before heading further up north
in early-August to finish out the summer at Balmoral Castle, and then heading back down
to London where she stays until it’s time to go to Sandringham House for the holidays. That’s a lot of travel, especially for a
93 year old. While of course a life traveling between palaces
sounds nice, she has to do lots of waving along the way which makes it a tiring lifestyle. Now, starting with the closest, to get to
Windsor, the Queen travels like a normal person and uses a motorcade—good, done. Going to Sandringham, though, she typically
takes the train to the nearby King’s Lynn station before driving the last bit. Now, what makes this surprising is that she
actually just takes the public, regularly-scheduled train with normal, non-Royal, muggles on-board. Of course, to keep up appearances, she does
ride in first class. For going to Scotland, to either Holyroodhouse
or Balmoral, the Queen usually takes her private train, known as the Royal Train. This allows her to sleep along the way, and
even to make trips from Edinburgh, where Holyroodhouse is, to areas around Scotland as she fulfills
her duties in relative comfort. Of course, the unfortunate bit is that, despite
having such a rail loving ruler, the best compliment you can make about the UK’s rail
system is that it’s better than the US’. The Queen has, in her reign, of course had
to travel outside the UK quite a bit considering that she is the Queen in a number of other
nations worldwide, and also the main figurehead for the UK. While she’s ramped down the quantity of
this travel recently, she still has done some in the past decade and this aspect of her
travel is… complicated. You see, by policy, the monarch herself does
not travel on commercial fights. While other members of the royal family do,
with some even being spotted on Ryanair, it’s considered far too complicated and risky for
the Queen. There are, in fact, a decent number of rules
for royal flight including, for example, that no two heirs to the throne are meant to fly
on the same plane. In practice, following this rule would be
quite difficult since, for one, Prince Harry and each of his three kids would have to each
travel separately so the Queen has given permission for this rule to be violated. Now, even though the Queen is not meant to
travel on commercial flights, she does not have her own aircraft. The British government does have a VIP configured
version of an aerial tanker configured version of an Airbus a330—yeah, I know it’s complicated—and
it’s said that the Queen has first dibs on this. If the Queen’s not using it, then Prince
Charles has second dibs, then the Prime Minister, then British government ministers. This hierarchy has led to some tricky situations—in
2017, the Prime Minister was forced to charter a plane since Prince Charles was using the government plane. Ministers, at the bottom of the totem pole,
rarely ever get to use the plane. When he was foreign secretary, Boris Johnson
complained to reporters about the bathroom at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He said, “I think it’s great, but it seems
to be very difficult to get hold of. It never seems to be available. I don’t know who uses it, but it never seems
to be available.” Oh, actually, I’m told he was complaining
about the plane but, really, applicable to either. Of course, the Queen herself has never used
this plane since she hasn’t even left the UK since its introduction in 2015. When the Queen has travelled outside of Europe,
though, the last time being 2011 with her trip to Australia, she typically charters
long-haul aircraft from British Airways. The airline would reconfigure their aircraft
with a sort-of bedroom suite for the Queen and her husband and Heathrow airport, where
they would normally leave from, even has a private lounge specifically for the Queen
and her family. Chartering a huge aircraft like this does,
of course, come at quite a cost for the royal purse, but given the eerily similar appearance
of the Queen of England and the Queen of Australia, it’s always been considered a worthy expense,
at least by those who get to decide, in order to tie the Commonwealth together. Now, I know a common problem people have is
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100 thoughts on “How the Queen Travels

  1. Did you know, that commonwealth countries usually foot the bill in part or in full for their travel. For example, when the Queen or Royal Family travels to Canada ??, the Royal Canadian Air Force sends its VIP Polaris CC-150 (A310-300) to pick her up and bring her home.
    It’s the same plane the Prime Minister or Governor General uses from time to time.

  2. Jesus fucking christ, will people stop bitching about the pronunciations for 5 minutes? He's allowed to make mistakes, and besides, "Derby" being pronounced "Darby" isn't obvious even slightly.

  3. Re all these "corrections" about, e.g., Peterborough:

    It gets really old being "corrected" by Brits and Aussies implying that their entrenched corruptions represent anything more than differences in dialect. I would never tell one they're pronouncing Maryland, for example, "incorrectly" because I'm a non-idiot observant of spelling, and I'd appreciate the same courtesy.

    To close on a more harmonious note, a toast: May we someday muster the will to harmonize spellings and pronunciations throughout the English-speaking world, doing the rest of the world and our children a massive favor.

  4. I love that you’ve been slowing down in narrating HAI videos. I used to turn down the speed of videos from this channel to 0.75 though I often get fed up with the machine-gun narration (listen to China Map vid) and switch to old Wendover uploads. Thanks mate.

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  6. I have been on the train to Kings Lynn when the queen is onboard.

    What you call "first class" is exactly the same seats as standard, no catering, Nothing fancy just says 1st on the seat.

    What happens is no one tells you she is onboard but the front cartage is "out of order" then a police officer gets on every carrage and monitors it the whole journey. She always travels mid day as this is the quietest time.

    What was funny was when the train stopped at stations and people on the platform sees her. There faces are a picture.

    When you get to Kings Lynn she is whisked off first though a side gate that was specially added for her then the rest of the train doors open.


  8. Disappointed he didn't talk about how the Queen of England was one of the two Heads of State that could travel privately on a CONCORDE!!!

  9. Anyone want to explain to me what the purpose of all this bullshit is? What the fuck is the point of the royal family? Seems like government sponsored reality TV to me.

  10. She jumps in to a Tesla model 6 and speeds down the road crashing in to kids in a school zone with her swag sunglasses.

  11. She travels at the expense of working tax payers for whom she has never done a damn thing and truth be known despises, yet the majority of them never seem to mind being leeched.

  12. I can say from the bottom of my heart, that of all parasitic monarchs and vile imperialists in the world, Elizabeth Mountbatten-Windsor is the one I hate the least.

  13. “The best complement you can make about the UK rail system is that it’s better than the US’”

    Don’t play with fire

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