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A Dutch King Has Lived A Double Life As A Secret Commercial Airline Pilot For 21 Years

King Willem-Alexander has been the King of the Netherlands since 2013 and has recently revealed that he has been keeping a long-held secret for many years.

No, he does not secretly have four wives or a child from a secret affair. His secret is that he has been living a double life as a commercial airline pilot — for 21 years!

The King says that only a few people in his life know about his secret career. He considers flying a hobby and even finds it to be a nice distraction from his regular royal duties. To find out more about his double life, continue reading below!

The 50-year-old Dutch King works as a commercial airline pilot for KLM.


King Willem-Alexander currently works as a pilot part time, typically flying short flights in and around Europe while avoiding overnight flights in the case that he needs to return to the Netherlands on short notice.

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The king recently revealed his secret in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, where he admitted that he copilots two flights a month for Netherland’s flag carrier airline, KLM.

“You have a plane, passengers, and crew and you are responsible for them. You can’t take your problems with you off the ground. You can completely switch off for a while and focus on something else,” he said.

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