The King of the Netherlands King Willem-Alexander recently let slip a secret he’s been hiding for the past 21 years!
Spilling to newspaper De Telegraaf, the Dutch royal admitted he’s been a co-pilot for KLM Airlines for over two decades.
‘I find flying simply fantastic,’ he said. ‘You can't take your problems with you off the ground. You can completely switch off for a while and focus on something else. That, for me, is the most relaxing part of flying.’
The King believes he has managed to go unnoticed for so long because he wears a uniform and nobody knows his name.
‘The advantage is that I can always say I am speaking on behalf of the captain and crew to welcome them on board, so I don't have to say my name,’ he explained. ‘But then, most people don't listen anyway.’
The reason why he came clean about his secret hobby was because he wants to undertake training to fly a Boeing 737.
‘It also seemed nice to fly to other destinations one day, with more passengers and bigger distances. That was the real motive for training on the 737,’ he said.