The Queen was approaching London when her private jet was caught up in a storm forcing the craft to abandon an attempted landing
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The Queen was yesterday caught up in mid-air drama as her private plane was forced to abandon its landing due to lightning.
She was approaching London on a flight from Aberdeen when the storm struck, with heavy rain and hail forcing the aircraft back into the sky.
It meant that the 13-seater plane had to circle the north of the capital for around 15 minutes before it was deemed safe to try again.
The pilot successfully landed at the second attempt at RAF Northolt, having left Aberdeen airport at around 1pm.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said last night: “The Queen’s flight was delayed due to a lightning storm.
“All the correct procedures were followed and there were no safety concerns.”
Once the aircraft was safely on the ground, the monarch was driven to Windsor, having spent the last few days relaxing at Balmoral ahead of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this weekend.
Yesterday at lunchtime, the Queen was driven from Craigowan Lodge to Aberdeen airport.
Her 86ft long Embraer 135 private jet was parked out of sight away from the main terminal and took off amid a downpour after 1pm.
An hour and a half later the pilor was due to land at RAF Northolt, in North West London, The Sun reported.
But as the storm blew in, they decided to abandon their attempt to land and circled over North London before it was deemed safe enough to give it another go.
But an insider told the outlet: “In circumstances like this you take no risks and it was right to abort landing during lightning strikes.”
This comes as Royal fans are already camping out in the Mall in anticipation of the upcoming jubilee celebration.
Some even came with cardboard cut-outs of the monarch as preparations for the Platinum jubilee continue.
The Gold State coach and armed forces took part in dress rehearsals today.
In the aftermath of the flight, the Queen was been spotted arriving at back at Windsor Castle following a mini holiday ahead of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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The 96-year-old monarch had been enjoying a short break at her Balmoral estate ahead of her busy schedule, which begins on Thursday.
It is understood the Queen arrived at her private Scottish home last Thursday. She usually visits Scotland at this time of year.
But after a few days of relaxation, she was today pictured arriving at Aberdeen Airport to make the journey south ahead of the eagerly anticipated celebrations. Later pictures showed her arriving back at Windsor Castle in a car with a dog in the back.
The monarch has attended a number of high-profile engagements in recent weeks and it is understood she is now pacing herself before the national events start.
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