Prince William: Duke often breaks this major Royal Family rule when travelling

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PRINCE WILLIAM, 37, has enjoyed plenty of royal travel throughout his lifetime and has visited countries all over the world. There have been occasions, however, when the Duke of Cambridge has broken a Royal Family rule.

Prince William as an heir to the throne has an important protocol he is supposed to follow Image Getty Images
Prince William as an heir to the throne has an important protocol he is supposed to follow Image Getty Images

Prince William as an heir to the throne, has an important protocol he is supposed to follow (Image Getty Images)

Prince William is set to become the next King of England after his father Prince Charles, 70. The Royal Family have a great number of rules they have to obey as part of their key roles. The Duke of Cambridge, in particular, as an heir to the throne, has an important protocol he is supposed to follow.

Prince William has travelled extensively throughout his life as a leading figure in the monarchy.

His wife Kate Middleton has accompanied him on many trips, most recently to Pakistan.

The couple have three children, Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, and Prince Louis, 1.

Just like Prince William, young George is also in line to the British throne.

Prince William In July the Cambridge family flew on a royal tour to Poland and Germany Image Getty Images
Prince William In July the Cambridge family flew on a royal tour to Poland and Germany Image Getty Images

Prince William In July 2017, the Cambridge family flew on a royal tour to Poland and Germany (Image Getty Images)

Because of this all-important lineage, there’s something the royals are supposed to do when they travel.

Heirs of the throne are not supposed to travel by plane together in case an accident happens.

This is to protect the royal line so that in the case of an emergency there is still an heir to ascend to the throne.

However, Prince William has broken the rule on a number of occasions when travelling.

In July 2017, the Cambridge family flew on a royal tour to Poland and Germany.

William, Kate, George and Charlotte all travelled together, meaning that two heirs were on the same plane at the same time.

This was also the case in September 2016 when Prince George, with his sister, accompanied his parents on their official visit to Canada.

In April 2014, George also accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their official three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia.

Prince William and Kate Middleton took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Canada with them Image Getty Images
Prince William and Kate Middleton took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Canada with them Image Getty Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton took Prince George and Princess Charlotte to Canada with them (Image Getty Images)

To be able to fly together, heirs must be given permission by the Queen.

It is thought that Queen Elizabeth permitted Prince William to fly with his children and wife on the above occasions.

Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis are also in line to the throne although it is unlikely they will become Queen and King respectively.

Charlotte is fourth in the line of succession and her little brother fifth.

Prince George and Prince William flew on the same plane for the royal tour of Australia NewZealand Image Getty Images
Prince George and Prince William flew on the same plane for the royal tour of Australia NewZealand Image Getty Images

Prince George and Prince William flew on the same plane for the royal tour of Australia & NewZealand (Image Getty Images)

Prince Harry has also been known to break a Royal Family travel rule. The Queen’s grandson was due to fly back to the UK on completion of the Caribbean trip.

Harry was booked to fly back on a British Airways flight to London from Barbados, according to Kensington Palace.

However, rather than heading straight back to the UK, Harry opted instead to travel to Toronto, Canada where now-wife Meghan Markle was then based.

Such a decision goes against royal protocol as the Prince mixed business and pleasure.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK