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The Dutch King has been moonlighting as a co-pilot for KLM passenger flights

Business Insider UK logoBusiness Insider UK 6 days ago rfitzmaurice@businessinsider.com (Rosie Fitzmaurice)

King Willem-Alexander © Provided by Business Insider UK King Willem-Alexander The King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, has revealed to a Dutch newspaper that he has been living a secret life as a co-pilot, and regularly flying commercial flights during his reign.

According to Sky, he told De Telegraaf that he has been a "guest flier" on KLM commercial flights twice a month for the last 21 years, although passengers were completely unaware there was a royal in the cockpit.

It was previously reported that the father of three and qualified pilot occasionally co-piloted KLM flights prior to taking the throne in 2013, but the fact that he was frequently taking to the cockpit on passenger flights as King remained a secret.

To date he has been manning the Fokker 70 carriers of the "Cityhopper service" which mainly serves commuters, but he will now retrain to fly the Boeing 737, with which the fleet is being replaced.

king willem © Provided by Business Insider UK king willem King Willem-Alexander is married to Queen Máxima, an Argentine former investment banker, known for her glamorous sense of style. They have three daughters and have been described as one of the "happiest" and "most laid back" royal couples in the media.

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