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Prince Edward lands in Birmingham ahead of commemoration service

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  • Queen's youngest son travelled between Tamworth, Staffs, and Poole, Dorset
  • Normal hire cost of plane for this distance would be £37,150 for a one-way trip 
  • Anti-monarchy campaign group blasted Earl of Wessex for 'extravagance' 

By Emily Chan and Dianne Apen-sadler For Mailonline

Published: 10:49 EDT, 12 June 2018 | Updated: 20:15 EDT, 12 June 2018

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Prince Edward was last night slammed for a 'blatant abuse of public money' after taking a private jet costing taxpayers an estimated £37,000 for a 133-mile journey between engagements.

The Queen's youngest son, 54, travelled between Poole in Dorset and Tamworth, Staffordshire, to attend an event yesterday marking the death 1,100 years ago of Anglo-Saxon ruler Aethelflaed.

The normal hire cost of the plane to do the journey between airports in Dorset and Birmingham would be £37,150 for a one-way trip. A first-class train ticket would have cost around £250-per-person.

Prince Edward was seen arriving at Birmingham airport in a private jet today ahead of a commemoration service
Prince Edward was seen arriving at Birmingham airport in a private jet today ahead of a commemoration service

Prince Edward was seen arriving at Birmingham airport in a private jet today ahead of a commemoration service

Prince Edward used a private jet to travel between Poole and Tamworth, a distance of 130miles

Last night Graham Smith from anti-monarchy campaign group Republic blasted The Earl of Wessex's 'extravagance' with public funds.

He told MailOnline: 'This is a blatant abuse of public money. If that were an MP they'd be in serious hot water.

'We need to look more seriously at the extravagance of the royals. He should be taking public transport or cars at a fraction of the cost.' 

Edward, who was in Windsor on Monday, was pictured landing at Birmingham airport yesterday. His engagements will be in Dorset on Wednesday, but Palace officials have not disclosed where he started and ended the day on Tuesday.

An anytime first class ticket between Poole and Tamworth would have set the royal back just £254 - 0.7 per cent of the estimated private jet fare between the two destinations.

It is believed Prince Edward flew between Bournemouth and Birmingham on the jet at a cost of up to £37,000
It is believed Prince Edward flew between Bournemouth and Birmingham on the jet at a cost of up to £37,000

It is believed Prince Edward flew between Bournemouth and Birmingham on the jet at a cost of up to £37,000

Graham Smith from anti-monarchy campaign group Republic blasted The Earl of Wessex, pictured here at the royal wedding, for his 'extravagance' with public funds
Graham Smith from anti-monarchy campaign group Republic blasted The Earl of Wessex, pictured here at the royal wedding, for his 'extravagance' with public funds

Graham Smith from anti-monarchy campaign group Republic blasted The Earl of Wessex, pictured here at the royal wedding, for his 'extravagance' with public funds

Speaking to the MailOnline a palace spokesperson said: 'The Earl of Wessex is undertaking a three-day programme of events, including a national service of commemoration, and engagements in support of the DofE.

'As ever, security, effective use of time, and the need to minimise disruption to others is taken into account when decisions are taken about transport.' 

The three-day programme will be focussed on Dorset, with Prince Edward visiting Sunseeker International, a luxury yacht company, this afternoon, before attending dinner at Brownsea Castle.

Tomorrow he will visit Canford School in Wimborne, and on Thursday he will visit the Canford Real Tennis and Squash Club.

Prince Edward completed 285 royal engagements in 2017, meaning he was the fifth busiest royal. The royals undertook 3,609 engagements in total.

Edward missed Trooping the Colour on Saturday after returning from a visit to Hong Kong on the same day.

However, his wife Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, and daughter Lady Louise, 14, both attended the traditional parade marking the Queen's birthday.

Edward's medals could be seen on display as he was driven from the airport to the service yesterday.

He was attending a service at Tamworth's at St Editha’s Church to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, who ruled the ancient kingdom of Mercia for seven years from the year 911 until her death.

She was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, who was King of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex.  

The Earl of Wessex, 54, was driven away in a Jaguar after touching down in the plane 
The Earl of Wessex, 54, was driven away in a Jaguar after touching down in the plane 

The Earl of Wessex, 54, was driven away in a Jaguar after touching down in the plane 

Edward was in the West Midlands to attend a service to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia 
Edward was in the West Midlands to attend a service to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia 

Edward was in the West Midlands to attend a service to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia 

The Earl of Wessex was seen being driven away in a Jaguar with his medals on display 
The Earl of Wessex was seen being driven away in a Jaguar with his medals on display 

The Earl of Wessex was seen being driven away in a Jaguar with his medals on display 

He was being driven to the ceremony at St Editha’s Church in nearby Tamworth 
He was being driven to the ceremony at St Editha’s Church in nearby Tamworth 

He was being driven to the ceremony at St Editha’s Church in nearby Tamworth 

A number of events have been held to commemorate Aethelflaed's death, including a funeral procession through Gloucester earlier this week. 

Who is Aethelflaed, Lady of Mercia?

Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians, ruled the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia from 911 until her death in 918.

Mercia was centred around what is today known as the Midlands, and had Tamworth as its capital.

Æthelflæd was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great, who was King of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. 

Along with her brother, the future King Edward the Elder, she played a big role in fighting off Viking attacks during the 890s. 

Following her death, she was buried at St Oswald's Priory in Gloucester. 

Edward has had a busy start to the month, spending four days in China and Hong Kong last week.

He arrived in Beijing last Tuesday, where he conducted a series of engagements, including attending a reception for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.  

The Earl went on to Shanghai last Wednesday, where he visited a school, before going on to Hong Kong.

Edward arrived back in London on Saturday morning, which is why he did not attend Trooping the Colour with the rest of the royal family. 

However, he was present at Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding at Windsor Castle in May, along with wife Sophie and children Lady Louise and James Viscount Severn, 10.

Edward's wife Sophie has also been busy in the past week, meeting patients at Leeds Children's Hospital yesterday.

The Countess of Wessex later attended a charity reception and dinner at Harewood House.

Edward's wife Sophie, 53, has had a busy week, attending a charity reception at Harewood House in Leeds on Tuesday night 
Edward's wife Sophie, 53, has had a busy week, attending a charity reception at Harewood House in Leeds on Tuesday night 

Edward's wife Sophie, 53, has had a busy week, attending a charity reception at Harewood House in Leeds on Tuesday night 

Sophie attended Trooping the Colour on Saturday without Edward, who had just returned from a trip to Hong Kong 
Sophie attended Trooping the Colour on Saturday without Edward, who had just returned from a trip to Hong Kong 

Sophie attended Trooping the Colour on Saturday without Edward, who had just returned from a trip to Hong Kong 

Their daughter Lady Louise, 14, also took part in the traditional parade on Saturday 
Their daughter Lady Louise, 14, also took part in the traditional parade on Saturday 

Their daughter Lady Louise, 14, also took part in the traditional parade on Saturday 

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