Royal couple in 'hairy' helicopter ride

Last updated 06:46 24/05/2013
QUICK, RUN THIS WAY: Prince Charles and Camilla eye the exit.
QUICK, RUN THIS WAY: Prince Charles and Camilla eye the exit.

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Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, have been involved in a "hairy" emergency landing.

The royal couple was flying by helicopter from London to Wales, where they were due to attend a literary festival. Fifteen minutes into the journey there was a technical problem, forcing the pilot to take action. The helicopter had to make an emergency landing at an aerodrome in Buckinghamshire, with all seven people on board brought to safety.

"The pilot carried out a controlled emergency landing after diverting to the airport," a spokesman for the couple explained.

A royal insider added: "It was quite a hairy experience."

Charles, the heir to the throne, and Camilla were taken to a car and driven to their final destination.

"The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were very determined to get to Hay and carry out their engagements as planned," their representative added.

The pair looked relaxed and happy as they met with crowds at the literary event. Charles wore a simple grey suit, with Camilla opting for a pretty pale blue two-piece under a fawn mac.

Fans turned out to meet the royal pair, with many astounded to hear what had just transpired.

"They were unflappable despite what they went through," one person, who didn't want to be named, told British newspaper The Sun.

"If anyone else had gone through what they did they would have cancelled their day."

The reason for the emergency landing was being investigated.

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