Dutch King Willem-Alexander leads a secret life - as a commercial airplane pilot

Dutch King Willem-Alexander leads a secret life - as a commercial airplane pilot

The royal revealed his other gig in an interview with a Dutch newspaper

Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's not unusual for a member of a royal family to have a job other than their official duties. But we feel the King of the Netherlands may have taken it a bit far.

King Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand said in an interview with a Dutch newspaper he moonlights as a co-pilot on the country's official airplane carrier, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. 

As often as twice a month, the king gets into a pilot's uniform and helps to fly the carrier's planes.

His most recent trip was an excursion to Norway under Captain Maarten Putman earlier this week. 

Willem-Alexander told the paper how flying allows him to "switch off", and claims he is hardly recognised when he is in the pilot's uniform. 

The Dutch King became Europe's youngest reigning monarch after his mother, Queen Beatrix, abdicated in 2013 - losing that title after King Felipe VI ascended to the throne in Spain the following year.

This ceremony was attended by two members of the British Royal Family - Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. 

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