Death of the Queen: Royal NOTAM read on planes around the world
Notice to all aircraft: On international aircraft, news of the Queen’s death was given to the crew to pass on to passengers. Photo/Screenshot, Tiktok laurenmcmahon71093
It has been revealed that some pilots around the world have received a message to read to their passengers announcing the death of the monarch.
The message was to be read at the discretion of the pilot.
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen,” he said.
“Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time.”
On social media, it was revealed that the message had been read on planes in the United States and also in France.
For some on board a British Airways flight, it was the first time they had heard the moving news.
Travelers from the UK have told Boston News they find it hard to imagine a future without Queen Elizabeth II.
“It’s not good, especially since I was 40,000 feet in the air,” said Jean Addison from Wales.
“It just seems weird that she’s not here.”
@laurenmcmahon71093 Rest in Peace to Her Majesty the Queen. So so sad to receive this message halfway through our flight to San Fran #aviation #queenelizabeth2 #queenelizabeth #hermajesty #royalfamily ♬ I’ll leave you some words –
The video spreads the message
A video has gone viral of the moment a pilot informed passengers and cabin crew of the news of the Queen’s death.
On a British Airways flight from New York on Thursday, the pilot could be heard telling those on board over the loudspeaker that Queen Elizabeth II had died.
He delivered the news moments before landing at Heathrow Airport.
“The Queen passed away earlier today with her family by her side,” the pilot said.
“I thought for now that I should at least tell you before you arrive at the terminal, because I know many will be very, very sad about this.
“That will give you some time to think because we have 40 minutes to land.”
The pilot continued, “We will all be thinking of his family at this time.”
Two flight attendants at opposite ends of the cabin are seen dabbing their eyes, while some passengers had stunned looks on their faces.
The clip was taken by Laerke Christensen, who was on the flight, and shared on YouTube by Storyful.
In the five hours since it was posted, it has already garnered over 74,500 views and over 400 comments from netizens applauding the pilot for his “thoughtful” act.
“Wow, even on a plane. That’s solidarity,” one person wrote.
“I’m sorry for the people who must have heard this news on the plane…I’ve never cried so much that day in my entire life,” added another woman.
The palace confirms the death of the queen
Buckingham Palace confirmed in a statement at 6:30 p.m. local time on Thursday that Her Majesty Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, had died, making her son, Charles, king.
She died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after Buckingham Palace revealed she was under medical supervision amid growing concerns for her health.
The royal family confirmed his death around 8:30 p.m. local time (3:30 a.m. AEDT). She was 96 years old.
King Charles III – who immediately ascended the throne following the death of his mother – issued a statement on the devastating loss of the royal family.
“The passing of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family,” he said.
“We deeply mourn the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, kingdoms and commonwealth, and by countless people across the world.
“During this time of grief and change, my family and I will be comforted and supported by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”