Prince George to be under 'strict royal ban' also applied to dad William

Prince George with Prince William during a visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo
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The Royal family is known for its many rules and protocols, from seeking approval for marriage proposals to refraining from giving autographs.

Now, one such rule is set to affect Prince George, just as it did his father, Prince William. An important Royal tradition designed to safeguard the future of the monarchy restricts who can travel together on the same plane.

Currently, Prince William is permitted to fly with his three young children, but this will change in the coming years. On Hello Magazine's 'A Right Royal Podcast', King Charles' former pilot, Graham Laurie, discussed the rule and how it impacted a young Prince William when he turned 12 in 1994. George will celebrate his 12th birthday in July next year.

He shared with the hosts: "Interestingly, we flew all four: the Prince, the Princess, Prince William and Prince Harry, up until Prince William was 12 years old."

"After that, he had to have a separate aircraft and we could only fly all four together when they were young with the written permission of Her Majesty. When William became 12, he would fly normally in a 125 from Northolt and we would fly the 146 out with the other three on", reports the Mirror.

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Prince George is second in line to the throne -Credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Prince George may soon have to fly separately from his father, Prince William, due to a unique Royal protocol designed to protect the line of succession. It's yet to be seen whether the young prince will continue to travel with his mother and siblings while his father takes a different flight, or if he will be the one flying solo.

This rule is in place to safeguard the future of the monarchy in case of a tragic accident. While it can be waived with the monarch's permission, it's generally discouraged as any crash could potentially destabilise the monarchy.

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Although plane crashes are rare these days, three members of the Royal family have tragically died in air accidents in the past. Prince Philip's sister, Princess Cecile, perished in a crash in 1937, the late Queen's uncle, Prince George, Duke of Kent, died in 1942, and her cousin, Prince William of Gloucester, lost his life while participating in an air show in 1972.

There are other important travel rules the Royal Family must adhere to. Like his mother before him, the King always travels with a supply of blood and a doctor.

Another essential item every Royal woman must pack is a black dress. This is because all members of the Royal family are required to wear black when mourning as a sign of respect.

Upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952, the Queen was on a Royal tour in Kenya and did not have a black dress prepared for her unexpected return to the UK. A suitable mourning outfit was delivered to her plane at London Airport, allowing her to change before stepping off the aircraft.

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