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Sweden's Crown Princess booed on Indian airliner

Sweden's Crown Princess booed on Indian airliner

Published: 27 Oct 2008 12:50 GMT+01:00
Updated: 27 Oct 2008 12:50 GMT+01:00

The episode crowned a series of protocol slip-ups which turned into a royal embarrassment for India’s Jet Airways, reports the Indian news website, Times Now.

The Princess’s travel nightmare began when Jet Airways officials failed to meet her delegation at the airport when she arrived for a flight out of New Delhi late last week following a 10-day tour of India.

After subsequent paperwork delays, the heir to the Swedish throne was then taken to what turned out to be the wrong terminal.

Meanwhile, the patience of passengers on Victoria’s waiting plane was dwindling as Jet Airways officials scrambled to get their royal guest on board.

Just as the Victoria finally boarded the aircraft, airline officials announced to the flight’s passengers that a VIP would be joining their flight.

But when members of the Jet Airways flight crew then added that the flight had been delayed to accommodate the Swedish royal, the plane erupted in a chorus of boos.

Following the incident, Jet Airways issued a public apology for Victoria’s less-than-royal treatment.

"The princess was taken to the wrong terminal by the government protocol personnel. The princess was carrying at least ten bags with her, which had delayed the flight. We on our part have apologized to the princess,” said Jet Airway’s spokesperson Ragini Chopra in a statement.

When reached by The Local, a spokesperson for the Swedish Royal Court declined to comment on the matter.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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