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Queen Elizabeth gives Prince William $11 million helicopter

June 23, 2014, London, U.K. - Prince William received an $11-million helicopter from his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, for his 32nd birthday on Saturday.


June 23, 2014
By CBC News

William, heir to the throne behind his father Prince Charles, received a
2008 Agusta A109S Grand helicopter from the British monarch. Local
media identified the helicopter model.

The Agusta A109S Grand:

  • Can hold one pilot and seven passengers.
  • Is equipped with air conditioning and a rear cabinet with a bar.
  • Weighs nearly 1,600 kilograms when empty.

The new helicopter will help William and his wife, Kate, the Duke and
Duchess of Cambridge, zip between home and official engagements, and be
used to ferry other members of the Royal Family around, the Daily
Mirror reports.

It says the helicopter costs will be covered by the sovereign grant,
which is a sum of money the government gives to the Royal Family to help
support the Queen's official duties.

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For 2013-14, the government gave the Queen slightly more than $66 million.

The Duke of Cambridge is a helicopter pilot. He served in the Royal
Air Force, including a stint as a search and rescue pilot, and was known
professionally as Flight Lt. William Wales.

He left the Armed Forces in September 2013 — about two months after the birth of his first and only child, Prince George.


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