Kate Middleton Flew Commercial, Shocked an Entire Plane

Alyssa Bailey
Elle

From ELLE

Last night, the Duchess of Cambridge wrapped up her first solo trip to the Netherlands. She left the way any normal, non-royal would: on a commercial flight bound for the U.K. Passengers on the 7:15 P.M. British Airways flight to London from Rotterdam promptly lost it the moment Kate Middleton stepped onto the plane, the Daily Mail reports.

Bodyguards escorted her onto the plane for the 50-minute flight, where she sat in the front row. People on the plane grabbed their phones and snapped pics of her. As one source put it to the outlet, "[I've] never seen so many iPhones pop up at once." Well, obviously:

But Middleton received one perk no other passenger got: to be escorted off the plane first, once it landed, "a couple minutes" before the other passengers. A car was reportedly waiting on the tarmac at London City Airport to take her home.

The Duchess has flown commercial before while on royal duty, but it's not a common occurrence. She and Prince William famously flew on a regular plane back to England from Los Angeles in 2011-but in first class.

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