Dutch King Secretly Flew for Airline

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The king of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander affirmed that working as a pilot on passenger traffic.

"I really wanted to continue as a guest pilot for KLM and therefore it could actually only be on a plane such as the 737. which means short trips", King Willem-Alexander told the paper.

The 50-year-old father of three says the break is only temporary: He will retrain to fly Boeing 737s because the aging Fokkers are being retired.

For Dutch King Willem-Alexander who has admitted his job on terra firma as reigning monarch of the Netherlands doesn't quite hit the mark and so twice a month takes to the skies incognito to co-pilot passenger planes and pursue his secret passion.

Willem-Alexander, who ascended to the throne following his mother's abdication four years ago, said he often won't say his name while making flight announcements, preferring to welcome passengers on behalf of the captain and crew. "You have responsibility for them", the king said. "You can't take your day-to-day problems with you into the air". You can for a brief moment disconnect and concentrate on something else.

"It's important to me that I have a hobby to focus on", he said.

It was already known that he had appeared as a "guest pilot" before being crowned king in 2013, in order to maintain his pilot's licence. He also said that few people recognised him as he walked through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, in the airlines uniform and cap. "You have an airplane, passengers and crew".

The Dutch King isn't the only royal in the cockpit.

King Willem-Alexander reacting during a visit to Tuahiwi Marae on November 8, 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand. The King's presence in the cockpit is never announced for security reasons. For most part, though, he gets away because as a co-pilot he doesn't have to give away his name.

He added: "Most people don't listen anyway". [Image by John Stillwell/AP Images] Harry's brother, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, spent more than seven years as an officer and pilot in the British military.

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