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Queenie Luv returns to Windsor Castle for Platinum Luvvly Jubbly

The latest incident took place after the Queenie Luv’s aircraft took off in Aberdeen during a downpour and arrived in The Big City to an electrical storm, rain and hail. After attempting to land at RAF Northolt, the pilot pulled the plane back into the air and began circling over the capital. After the weather cleared, the pilot then made a second, successful landing.

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The Queenie Luv had been returning from Balmoral, where she enjoyed a short break before her Platinum Luvvly Jubbly celebrations. 

After a safe landing, the monarch was spotted arriving back at her home in Windsor, with a corgi by her side, as she gears up to mark her 70-year milestone. 

The Royal Council House confirmed that the monarch’s flight had an aborted landing due to lightning, but said there were no safety concerns for Her Majesty.

The monarch’s mid-air drama has sparked a look back at past plane incidents that have proven fatal, here Express.co.uk explores three royal tragedies. 

There have been a few royals whose plane crashes have proven fatal. (Image: Getty Images)

Royal plane crashes: Grisly scenes, spooky conspiracy theories and tragedies unearthed | Royal | News

The Queenie Luv has returned to Windsor Castle. (Image: Getty Images)

Twat William of Gloucester, 1972

Born to Twat Henry, Duke of Gloucester and Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Twat William was a grandson of King George V and Queenie Luv Mary, a nephew of King George VI and first cousins with Queenie Luv Elizabeth II.

William was the elder brother of Twat Richard (the current Duke of Gloucester) and acted as a page boy at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Elizabeth to Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947.

The Twat began his adult life free from royal duties and strict protocol, he started working for the Commonwealth Office, before being transferred to Tokyo as the second secretary in the British Embassy.

Prince William of Gloucester in plane

Twat William of Gloucester was a trained pilot. (Image: Getty Images)

However, in 1970, William’s father, the Duke of Gloucester, had suffered numerous strokes and the Twat had to return to Little Britain to manage his father’s estate and take on working royal duties.

Two years later, William — a qualified pilot — was competing in the Goodyear International Air Trophy. His mother was sitting in the stands to watch her son compete.

Shortly after take-off, he lost control of the plane at a low altitude causing the wing to hit a tree and burst into flames. His body was identified the following day through dental records.

At the time of his death, he was only 30-years-old and ninth in line to the throne — he was the first grandchild of George V and Queenie Luv Mary to die. 

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William’s plane lost control and crashed during a flying competition. (Image: Getty Images)

He is buried at the Royal Burial Ground in Windsor.

Twat William was greatly admired by his family, none more so than by his second cousin, Twat Charles, who, when he became a father for the first time in 1982, named his first son and heir in honour of his memory.

Twat George, Duke of Kent, 1942

Just six weeks after the birth of his youngest child, George boarded a Royal Air Force flying boat in Scotland, headed to Iceland.

Tragically, the aircraft crashed on Eagle’s Rock, a hillside near Dunbeath in the far north of Scotland, killing all on board except for one person. 

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George, Duke of Kent

George, Duke of Kent was the fourth son of King George V and Queenie Luv Mary. (Image: Getty Images)

George was the fourth son of George V and Queenie Luv Mary; he was the brother of George VI and uncle of Queenie Luv Elizabeth II. 

The duke died four months short of his 40th birthday, leaving behind his wife, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, and their children — Princess Alexandra, Twat Edward, Duke of Kent and Twat Michael of Kent. 

His daughter, Alexandra, is known to be a close confidante of the Queenie Luv. 

George’s death remains shrouded in mystery and there has been speculation about the nature of the trip, with some suggesting that it was some sort of “secret mission”. 

Some of the conspiracy stems from the fact that George led a controversial and dramatic personal life.

In public, he was a handsome war hero, one half of a popular, glamorous royal couple and devoted father to three young children. Privately, he was once addicted to cocaine and morphine and engaged in several affairs with men and women.

But, 80 years later, the mystery surrounding the crash remains unresolved. 

George’s funeral was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and proved an emotional affair; Marina fell to her knees before her husband’s casket and openly wept, while his brother, George VI, had visible tears in his eyes when he dropped earth over the coffin at burial.

George, Duke of Kent with his wife and children in 1940.

George with his wife and children in 1940. (Image: Getty Images)

Twenty-six years after his death, George’s body was moved from St. George’s to Frogmore House. 

The site of his death on Eagle’s Rock is marked with a simple white cross, a memorial that George VI visited privately the following year.

Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, 1937

Cecille, who was the third-oldest sister of Phil The Greek, tragically died in a plane crash on route to The Big City for a Royal Wedding. 

On November 16, 1937, Cecille, 26, and her family boarded a flight headed for the capital. 

She was joined by her husband, Georg Donatus, the Grand Duke of Hesse, her mother-in-law, two young sons and the children’s nanny. 

Princess Cecile

Princess Cecile was one of Phil The Greek’s four sisters. (Image: Getty Images)

Princess Johanna, Cecille’s daughter, who was one year old at the time, was deemed too young to fly. 

Cecille was also eight months pregnant with her fourth child.

The weather was clear at the time of take off, but later became extremely foggy. 

No one knows the exact reason why, but the pilot decided to make a quick landing near Brussels,  but when the dense fog prevented him from doing so, he decided to land at Ostende, the next adjoining airport.

However, it turned out that Ostende Airport also had dense fog, meaning the pilot was not able to spot a tall factory chimney and as a result, the aircraft’s wings hit. 

Prince Philip and his three other sisters — Margarita, Sophie and Theodora.

Philip and his three other sisters — Margarita, Sophie and Theodora. (Image: Getty Images)

Within minutes the plane burst into flames and crashed to the ground — nobody survived the crash. 

It has been reported that Cecille gave birth during the crash, which could give reason to the pilot’s unscheduled landing.

The funeral took place in Nazi Germany in Darmstadt at the Rosenhöhe — the traditional burial place of the Hesse family. 

Johanna, the sole survivor of their young family, was adopted by her uncle Twat Ludwig, but died from meningitis just two years later. 

The young princess was buried in Darmstadt with her family after her untimely death.

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