Secrets of Royal Travel (2020): S01E02 – Secrets of the Royal Flight


Pack your bags for a rare inside look at the monarchy’s luxurious private planes and trains. Climb on board the “palace on wheels” and take to the skies for the five-star opulence of the Queen’s Flight.

You can find part one here.


The British Royal Family is the most well-travelled monarchy in history. The Queen alone has been around the world 42 times, racking up over one million air miles. Secret of Royal Travel reveals the inside story of the monarchy on the move, taking viewers inside some of the most famous and exclusive transport in the world.

This two-part series opens the door to the private world of the Royal Train and the Royal Flight, each with its own mysterious traditions and protocols. It features a treasure trove of remarkable archival footage and interviews from the staff who drove the trains and flew the planes, as well as from those who cared for the Queen and her family in transit, offering a rare look into a world often hidden from public view.

Outline (Episode 01)

This episode lifts the curtain on five-star regal luxury at 30,000 feet and tells the story of a family who love to fly in style. From a young Queen jetting around the globe for the very first time to the next generation taking the Windsor brand worldwide, this episode uncovers how plane travel defines a family constantly on the move.

During her lifetime, Queen Elizabeth II has flown over one million air miles. “Secrets of the Royal Flight” traces her story in the air, from the dangerous beginnings of jet travel to the luxury of her own private jet. Exclusive revelations from the onboard team detail the secrets of imperial service, from wrangling corgis in the sky to preparing Her Majesty’s favourite aperitif. The episode also unveils stories, from managing the 12 tons of luggage Queen Elizabeth II took on her 44,000-mile Commonwealth tour in 1953, to landing with the body of a much-loved Princess Diana to an audience of over half a billion around the globe. In 1995, the government disbanded the Queen’s flight after investigating how much was spent on air travel. For public duties, the younger royals now travel commercially, sometimes slipping into rear seats under assumed names.

Above all, this is the story of how, once upon a time, the royal family travelled in a style truly fit for a Queen.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
  • Producer(s):
    • Rachel Ozers … series producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • Andrew Parkes … assistant producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • George Richardson … assistant producer (1 episode, 2020).
    • Oliver Tait … executive producer (1 episode, 2020).
  • Music:
  • Editor(s):
    • Paul Crosby … (1 episode, 2020).
    • Tom Pierce … (1 episode, 2020).
  • Production: Lambent Production.
  • Distributor(s): PBS (US) and Channel 5 (UK).
  • Release Date: 15 November 2002 and 22 November 2020.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: PG.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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