Kate Middleton is following Queen’s footsteps with ‘excess’ royal travel tradition

Kate Middleton's dresses had their own seat on plane says expert

The Duchess of Cambridge is a globe-trotter, often jetting off alongside Prince William and their children on royal duty. Though there are a number of strict etiquette rules they must follow, it seems there are some additional traditions which Kate has decided to continue when it comes to luggage.

With a jam packed itinerary, the Duchess must often transition from charitable visits during the day to state dinners and glamours balls by night.

It is not surprise, then, she must take with her an array of ensembles for the trip.

According to royal insiders, as a result her luggage is often in “excess” of the typical amount of suitcases the average traveller would take.

This is, reportedly, something of a royal tradition which has also been undertaken by Her Majesty.

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Speaking as part of Channel 5 documentary Secrets of the Royal Flight, the show’s narrator states: “Kate’s excess luggage continues a royal tradition.

“For her 44,000 mile Commonwealth tour in 1953 the Queen’s luggage alone weighed 12 tonnes.”

This is roughly just over the same weight as two large elephants.

In Kate’s case, she often bypasses suitcase altogether according to royal correspondent Emily Andrews.

“Obviously when we go to the airport, especially when it is hand luggage only, we are trying to cram all of our toiletries into that plastic bag.

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“It’s never big enough. The royals don’t have to worry about anything like that.

“I have been on a plane with Kate and William where each of Kate’s dresses had their own seat to make sure they were kept flat.

“They are not going to be shoved into the hold just to be squashed by everyone else.”

However, it isn’t just an array of high-fashion items which are vital for Kate’s travels.

She also takes with her an entourage packed with important assets to ensure every royal tour goes off without a hitch.

For example, on their tour of Pakistan, Kate and William took a whopping 14 members of staff on the five-day trip.

This included two private secretaries, a communications secretary and four additional members of the communications team, and even Kate’s personal hairdresser.

Amanda Cook Tucker is the Duchess’ trusted hairstylist and has flown around the world with the couple on an array of trips from India to Scandinavia.

With the couple faced with press and media attention, it is up to Ms Cook Tucker to ensure Kate is always camera ready.

However, this luxurious holiday asset does not necessarily come cheap.

According to a report by Tatler, in order to secure Ms Cook Tucker’s services for the Cambridge’s trip around South East Asia, she charged around £300 per day plus expenses.

The bill was reportedly paid for by Prince Charles.

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