Prince William and son George, 7, must get the Queen's permission to do this together

The Duke of Cambridge must get his grandmother's permission to do this simple thing

Prince George and William
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Only if the Queen allows it

  • The Duke of Cambridge must get his grandmother's permission to travel with son George.
  • Prince William can't just hop in a car or plane with his son without getting the Queen's approval.
  • It comes after it's revealed Prince George is aware ‘he’s different’ to siblings Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis

Prince William must get his grandmother's permission to travel together with his eldest son George, seven.

The seemingly bizarre step is one that has more of an important reason than the Queen simply having a say on whether her grandson and great grandson can go out together.

Due to the line of succession, royal protocol dictates that the father and son are not allowed to travel on a plane together.

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Although it's not an official rule, having two direct heirs like William and George, or Prince Charles and William travelling together by plane has been a no-no for decades.

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According to Insider, the rule dates back to the days when air travel wasn’t nearly as safe as it is today. Buckingham Palace created the guideline in place to make sure that the line of succession wasn’t completely destroyed.

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But as the Cambridges have four direct heirs in their family - Prince William, son George, seven, daughter Charlotte, six, and youngest son Louis, two - and with air travel being much safer in the 21st century, the Queen is said to be a little more relaxed today.
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In 2014 Prince William and wife Kate, took son George on their tour of Australia and New Zealand and at the time a royal spokesperson said, 'While there is no official rule on this, and royal heirs have traveled together in the past, it is something that the Queen has the final say on.'

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer for, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including baby news, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.