The Royal Family have collectively flown 545,161 air miles over the last five years, according to new research – enough to “get them to the moon and back, and then complete three loops of the earth’s equator”.
These 92 trips, taken by the 13 most prominent Royals between 2015 and 2020, came to a combined cost of £6.5m, reports Stratos Jet Charters.
Going through the Royals’ public financial reports from 2015-16, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-19 and 2019-2020, the on-demand charter jet service put together its Royal Travel Index based solely on the Firm’s business trips – leisure travel was not included.
The findings showed that the majority of Royal flights were taken by private jet – the least environmentally friendly form of flying – with 61 per cent of official international trips in the last five years done by private jet charter.
Of all the Royals, Prince Charles flew the most, with 25 trips covering 120,213 air miles at a cost of more than £2.4m.
The Prince of Wales’ most expensive trip, a lengthy tour of the Caribbean in 2019, cost £419,000 in total.
Meanwhile, the Queen and her husband Prince Philip flew the fewest number of air miles from 2015-2020 – just two trips covering 3,752 miles…