Royal helicopter emergency

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had a "hairy experience" when their royal helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after it developed a technical fault. The royal couple were unharmed by the incident

Show goes on for royals after helicopter drama

The Prince of Wales greets school children as he and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the Hay Festival. Credit: PA Wire

Despite the unscheduled stop the royal couple transferred to cars and continued on to the market town of Hay-on-Wye by road.

They finally arrived close to three hours late but emerged looking relaxed and smiling to be greeted by a crowd of several hundred well-wishers.

Royal helicopter forced to make emergency landing

The royal helicopter, carrying the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, was forced to make an emergency landing. Credit: VI Images/Press Association Images

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall had a "hairy experience" when their royal helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after it developed a technical fault.

Charles and Camilla were flying to Wales for a day-long tour to Hay and its popular annual festival of literature.

But minutes after boarding their flight they were urgently diverted to Denham Aerodrome, in Buckinghamshire.

A spokesman for the royal couple said: "The pilot carried out a controlled emergency landing after diverting to the airport."

"It was quite a hairy experience," a source close to the palace added.

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