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Hangar8 Aviation, a global aviation management and charter company, has used one of its aircraft to wish Prince George happy first birthday on 22nd July. The private jet, a Bombardier Challenger, has been repainted white at the company’s new paint facility in Oxford, and is covered from tip to tail with the words ‘Happy Birthday Prince George’. The design was created by award winning British design studio Andrew Winch Designs, who specialises in aviation, yachts and architecture.
The cost of this was approximately £120,000, which Hangar8 believes makes it the world’s most expensive ‘birthday card’. The previous holder of this record is thought to be a painting by Damien Hirst which he signed ‘happy birthday’ and gave to a former secretary at an art college he attended. It was valued at around £30,000.
Dustin Dryden, chief executive officer of Hangar8 said, “In just a year, we’ve estimated that Prince George has travelled around 33,000 ‘heir miles’, when he went to the Caribbean island of Mustique on holiday and then on his official trip to New Zealand and Australia. Our research shows that he has had a very positive impact on the majority of people and certainly enhanced the strong reputation of the Royal Family even further.”
To mark the prince’s first birthday, new research from Hangar8 reveals that since his birth, 24% of Brits now have a more positive view of the Royal Family (with 8% saying it is now ‘much more positive’).
Also, some 2.1 million people who previously had a negative image of the Royals now claim to have a positive one thanks to his Royal Highness. Overall, 17% of people think that he has ‘greatly’ enhanced the image of the Royal family and 33% think he has had a ‘slight’ positive impact.
Jim Dixon, head of aviation at Andrew Winch Designs said, “We have been involved in the interior design of many jets and yachts as well as some incredible buildings, but our work on wishing Prince George a happy first birthday has been one of our most enjoyable assignments.
“We always strive to design exquisite VIP interiors and exteriors tailored precisely to our clients’ requirements and tastes. Every project is truly unique, with an exterior that offers ‘Ramp Appeal’ on first sight”.
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