Prince Andrew's Flying Trip- Daily Mail Newspaper- Exclusive Royal Photos- ***August 2012***

We were sent photos of Prince Andrew golfing at Royal Lytham & St Annes a week before the Open began.


The photographer thought that in these austere times it seemed a little off that the prince had paid for a helicopter to fly him up to the Lancashire seaside town, play a round of golf and then head back home in the same day.


We sold the photos of 'Airmiles Andy' to the Daily Mail newspaper who ran them as an exclusive. The photographer was paid a good fee and retained their anonymity.



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Airmiles Andy gets ready for The Open: Prince takes 3,000 helicopter flight on golfing treat to play championship course


The world's top golfers won't tee off there until Thursday.

But Prince Andrew was given an exclusive chance to test the Open course last week after flying himself there by helicopter.

The keen golfer, who plays off a handicap of four, got some practice in at Royal Lytham & St Annes ahead of the prestigious tournament, which begins this week.

Enthusiastic: The keen golfer, who plays off a handicap of four, got some practice in at Royal Lytham & St Annes ahead of the prestigious tournament

Enthusiastic: The keen golfer, who plays off a handicap of four, got some practice in at Royal Lytham & St Annes ahead of the prestigious tournament

It is thought the Duke of York was invited to the course as a former captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

He spent an estimated 3,000 to fly to the Lancashire seaside on Friday to help keep his pilot's licence; holders are required to fly a certain number of hours each year.


In the past, the duke whose penchant for travel has earned him the nickname Airmiles Andy has been criticised for a number of golf-related public engagements.

In 2009 it is believed he spent 2,000 to hire a helicopter to go from his Windsor home to Kent, where he attended a party at a course of which he is patron.

A year earlier, he took his daughter Princess Beatrice to a tournament in the Emirates during a taxpayer-funded trip.

Big hitter: It is thought the Duke of York was invited to the course as a former captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews

Big hitter: It is thought the Duke of York was invited to the course as a former captain of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews


A palace spokesman said yesterday: 'The Duke of York played golf at Royal Lytham & St Annes in his own time and entirely at his own expense. There was no cost to the taxpayer.

'We believe strongly that where no public money is involved, nor a legitimate public interest to argue otherwise, members of the Royal Family are entitled to private lives.'



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