The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children have flown to Scotland on a budget airline for their annual holiday with the Queen, days after their brother and sister-in-law were criticised for using private jets.
The Cambridge family travelled to Balmoral via a FlyBe flight, where advance tickets cost £73.
Accompanied by the children’s nanny, they are expected to visit the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral for their annual summer break in the Scottish highlands.
Spotted by members of the public as they walked with their luggage across the tarmac, the family are believed to have been travelling from their Norfolk home at Anmer where they have been spending part of the school holidays.
The decision to fly with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on the low-cost airline, which came to light after members of the public photographed them, was immediately noted by royal-watchers.
A spokesman for Kensington Palace said: “All travel arrangements for members of the Royal Family take into consideration security, efficiency, cost and effective use of time.”
A train ticket from Norwich to Aberdeen costs £178.50.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have this week faced heavy criticism for using private jets for four flights in the space of 11 days as they holidayed in Ibiza and Nice, despite their public commitment to the environment.
Celebrity friends of the couple have defended their decisions, with Sir Elton John, who paid for the trip to Nice, saying the private jet allowed the Sussexes and their baby son to “maintain a high level of much-needed protection".
Actress Jameela Jamil, who wrote about body image for an issue of British Vogue guest edited by the Duchess, claimed that the public would face a serious security risk if they flew on planes with the Duke and Duchess, tweeting: "It's not safe for us to be on the same planes as royals or presidents you absolute muppets.
"They are prime targets for kidnap and sometimes assassination.
"It's in the interest of us civilians to not be endangered by proximity to people in such powerful positions."
Both the Cambridges and Sussexes have used both private and commercial flights in the past.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex flew with Qantas for a long-haul journey to Australia for their first tour as a married couple, and joined members of the public on Royal Air Maroc for their trip to Morocco in the spring.
Prince William and Prince Harry have regularly used economy airlines for short-haul flights, spotted on Easyjet, Ryanair, Wizz Air and FlyBe as well as British Airways.
Previous trips to Balmoral have seen the Cambridges fly commercially to Aberdeen on several occasions, including with the wider Middleton family and, according to the Sunday Express, use a private plane once in 2015.
This summer, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and children also had a holiday in Mustique, with sources saying only that the costs of their flight were “met by them”.
The Duke of York was photographed leaving Scotland on a private plane earlier this week.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are also expected to visit Scotland with Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in August, but have not been photographed making the journey yet.
Following criticism of their travel plans, the Duchess of Sussex used Instagram to tell followers of her work behind-the-scenes, sharing a video of her hugging women at charity Smartworks and “shining a light” on favourite London shop the Luminary Bakery.
Spotlight on: Luminary Bakery Today we shine a spotlight on @LuminaryBakery and the amazing women of this inspiring and sustainable grassroots organisation. • “What they’ve created at Luminary Bakery is exceptional - it’s a space for baking, healing and rebuilding. When I visited the women earlier this year I was struck by how the baking, itself, is a means of therapy for these women - which in many ways makes complete sense - feeling they had no control over their lives based on their previous (and often harrowing) circumstances, they found comfort in the measured nature of baking. Mixing equal parts of one ingredient and another could yield the perfect dessert, but the act of doing so provided personal balance. So while the baked goods are absolutely delicious, it’s the story of how the program at Luminary reshapes lives through baking that is the actual icing on the cake.” - The Duchess of Sussex Earlier this year, The Duchess of Sussex visited the Luminary Bakery and had the opportunity to break bread with the women - literally and figuratively - whilst listening to their stories of how they’ve rebuilt their lives following their challenging life experiences, and the significant role that Luminary Bakery has played in helping with their personal restoration. The Duchess of Sussex chose to include this small bakery tucked away in East London for the September issue of @BritishVogue, which she guest edited. This bakery is making a substantial difference to the lives of women in the local area over the last five years since opening its arms to vulnerable women and providing job skills, career support, mentoring and coaching. The combination of these like minded women supporting each other, both on the staff side and from the students, is proving to be the perfect recipe in creating this amazing, positive environment. If you find yourself in East London, please stop by and support the women of Luminary Bakery and the impactful work they’re doing. Photo © @LuminaryBakery ��
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The SussexRoyal Instagram account shared an image of cupcakes bearing the mantras "Stay strong", "You are enough", "You are worthy" and "You are so loved", which appeared to have been inspired by the messages she wrote for sex workers on bananas before her maternity leave.
In a quote posted alongside the image, the Duchess described it as a "space for baking, healing and rebuilding" and disclosed she had secretly visited the bakery.