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  • After getting up at 3 am this morning to ensure you reached the terminal on time, your head

  • is banging and your body is crying out for a soft, welcoming bed.

  • Instead, you'll have to settle for the hard, metal, and woefully uncomfortable seats found

  • in the airport main lounge.

  • Resigned to your fate, you head out of the taxi and begin the walk to the main entrance.

  • As you look around idly, you lay your eyes on a huddle of serious-looking security guards

  • in the distance.

  • They're probably guiding those rich buggers to the safety of the business lounge, you

  • think to yourself bitterly.

  • You'd give anything to be sitting on a plush leather sofa and eating caviar right now,

  • or whatever else it is they do there.

  • You know you should carry on your way, but now you're curious about who the security

  • guards are protecting.

  • If you're lucky, you might get to see Elton John or David Beckham.

  • Or maybe even a Saudi Prince.

  • Someone who never has to put up with the sore-bottom-inducing chairs.

  • As they come closer, you're surprised to see an entire family.

  • There's one old lady, some younger adults in their thirties, and a few kids too.

  • Who are they?

  • Wait, no, it can't be.

  • Is that...the Queen?

  • At first, you refuse to believe it.

  • But how many other old ladies go around wearing a yellow hat and a matching yellow wool coat?

  • To the airport.

  • Besides, you see that woman on your banknotes and your postage stamps every day.

  • You're pretty sure it's either the Queen herself or another wealthy old woman whose

  • fashion icon is the Queen.

  • And that young man beside her looks an awful lot like Prince William.

  • But before you can really get a good look at them, they're ushered stealthily through

  • a door you never noticed in all the many times you've visited Heathrow.

  • Weird.

  • Is it some kind of secret room?

  • You have to get in there to see for yourself.

  • Maybe you could convince the security guards to let you pass.

  • It's 5 in the morning, they're probably not as with it as they could be.

  • And you're looking pretty dapper todaymaybe you could pass for an acquaintance of royalty.

  • So you go up to the doorman, who is wearing a butler hat and looks like he's just traveled

  • forward in time from the Victorian era.

  • Here goes nothing.

  • Good morning Sir.

  • Can I see your pass please?”

  • Doing your best to channel your inner Karen, you give him a disgusted look and say you

  • don't have one as you hadn't been expecting to go inside.

  • But as you just saw your cousins go in, you'd like to pass through so you can catch up with

  • them.

  • They could vouch for the fact that you know each other, but does he really want to upset

  • the Queen?

  • You're about to demand to speak to the manager, but before you get the chance, he asks for

  • your name.

  • “I'm the Duke of He-” You're about to say Heathrow before you

  • stop yourself.

  • Damn, it's too early for all this.

  • The Duke of Hertfordshire,” you finish confidently.

  • The man seems confused and unsure of how to proceed, so you take the opportunity to barge

  • past him and walk in as quickly as you can, hoping for the best and trying not to look

  • behind you.

  • Little did you know that what you would see that day would change your life forever.

  • Nah, just kidding, but it was pretty cool.

  • As soon as you walk in, it feels like you've entered a heavenly realm.

  • So much light everywhere coming from all directions.

  • It's easy to see why: above you, there's an ornate glass roof.

  • Below your feet is a shiny floor polished to perfection that looks like it might be

  • made from marble.

  • The design of the place is simple and minimalistic, but the few items they have here are impressive.

  • White sofas, Bonsai trees, and sculptures.

  • Are you really still in one of the busiest airports in the world, or did you just enter

  • an alternate dimension?

  • All over the walls, there are huge, impressive canvases dotted.

  • You're no art critic, but you can just tell these look expensive.

  • Wait, is that an Andy Warhol piece?

  • There are a few more of the Victorian-era-men carrying around platters.

  • One of them approaches you and hands out the plate, which you look at excitedly, wondering

  • what a hundred-dollar snack will look like.

  • Except... it's just raisins.

  • You look around at the other platters, and they contain similarly dull snacksPretzels,

  • biscuits, chips.

  • Why is a place good enough for the Queen to hang out in serving you raisins as a snack,

  • as if you're a toddler who doesn't like fruit?

  • What's wrong with them?

  • Speaking of which, where did the Queen and her family go?

  • It seems like you're in the main lounge, but it's empty.

  • [perspective change] The Windsor Suites are a series of secret

  • airport lounges tucked away in Heathrow Airport that were created for the use of the Royal

  • Family.

  • But if you've ever been to Heathrow, you probably won't have noticed themthat's

  • why they're secret.

  • The exact location of the suites is confidential, but we know they're behind a hidden, unmarked

  • white door in the southern corner of Terminal Five.

  • So, next time you go to hell on earthoops, I mean Heathrow Airportkeep your eyes

  • peeled for any bougie folk looking shady.

  • However, you won't spot them from the main Airport lounge.

  • There's a private security screening area inside the secret Suites, so anyone heading

  • there can be discreetly dropped off outsidethey don't need to walk through the

  • airport, take the Heathrow train, or even lay their eyes on a member of the public.

  • The Royals are constantly jetting around the world, whether they're cutting the tape

  • to open a new pencil museum in Ecuador or attend a jazz festival in Australia.

  • But despite having royal blood, they can't skip the inconvenient formalities of airports

  • completely before boarding their private royal plane.

  • So they have to compromise and settle for an over-the-top airport lounge with a top-secret

  • entrance where they distance themselves from any interactions with the public.

  • But don't get too bitter.

  • The Queen needs space.

  • She typically travels with a large entourage, of sometimes over 30 people.

  • Amongst them is a royal artist with themuseful for when you stumble across a stunning view

  • and need a quick oil painting.

  • So, without the Windsor Suites, there would be more queuing time and fewer seats for people

  • like me and you.

  • We should really count ourselves lucky.

  • Besides, you might be underwhelmed by some of the finer details of the secret suites

  • [perspective change] After you stop staring around you in a daze,

  • you twig what's really going on here.

  • This lounge is empty because all the guests are heading somewhere else.

  • There must be somewhere even cooler to go.

  • And it's probably best for you to get a move on anyway, in case the doorman has second

  • thoughts about letting you pass.

  • So you follow the raisin-bearing butler down a corridor full of more pieces of artwork

  • that probably cost more than your house.

  • After a while, a door appears, and he scuttles through it.

  • You think about following him in, figuring he'd be unlikely to manhandle you in front

  • of such sophisticated guests, but you didn't want the poor guy to get fired because of

  • your curiosity.

  • Instead, you decide to head into a different room.

  • There's just one problem: the walls and door aren't made of glass, so you have no

  • idea what lays behind them.

  • The Queen herself?

  • Kim Jong-un?

  • Or just some well-connected C-lister?

  • You haven't been this nervous to open a door since you turned up late to an assembly

  • in school.

  • Tentatively you pull open the door to find...an empty room.

  • As much as you'd have liked to say you've met the Queen, it's a relief to know you

  • won't be arrested.

  • And at least you can take a proper poke around now.

  • The lounge doesn't quite have the luxuries you expected it to.

  • There's no jacuzzi, no stage for live cabaret performances, and no basketball court.

  • But still, there's a kind of dignity to the place.

  • It has an old-money feel.

  • There are plywood and leather loungers and armchairs with cashmere cushions.

  • Coffee tables made of glass and wood and luscious pot plants.

  • The entertainment isn't much better than your local dentists, though.

  • The magazine rack only contains two broadsheets and magazines by BMW and Polo magazine.

  • There's also a television, but who watches television anymore, anyway?

  • I mean, it's nice and everything.

  • But why would you pay so much to come here when you could buy a few packets of Pretzels

  • and raisins from the supermarket, eat them in the economy lounge, and watch videos on

  • your phone?

  • Or go to the business-class lounge for a full meal and spa treatment?

  • There aren't even any shops here.

  • But then again, maybe that's the point.

  • The people who come here are so tastelessly rich that they can afford to spend thousands

  • on something that doesn't even offer them much.

  • Doesn't it just make you sick?

  • [perspective change] The Windsor Suites aren't just for the Royals,

  • although they were created primarily for them.

  • The Foreign Commonwealth Office owns the lounge, and at first, they reserved the suites for

  • foreign dignitaries, diplomats, and senior politicians.

  • The Dalai Lama and Vladimir Putin have both been past guests.

  • A few years ago, their doors opened to A-list celebrities tooVictoria Beckham was one

  • of the first to make the cut, and Cheryl Cole followed.

  • Now, even the public can get in.

  • But not by fooling the ditsy doorman into thinking you have an obscure title.

  • You can make a booking if you're willing to pay 2,250 pounds sterling, or almost 3,000

  • US dollars, just for the luxury of sitting your peasant ass there for a few hours.

  • Or, if you want a transfer within a 25-mile radius, that will be 2,750 pounds.

  • I don't even want to think about how much it would cost if you want to go further than

  • 25 miles...

  • Oh, and did I mention these are the prices excluding VAT?

  • But it's a drop in the ocean compared to the vast sums this lot is spending on traveling.

  • In 2018, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall spent a whopping £416,576 on an

  • RAF voyager to Cuba and the Caribbean Islands.

  • As soon as guests arrive, a baggage handler looks after their luggage and an official

  • takes their passports to check.

  • Shortly after, they'll be escorted to their own private suite by a bowler-hat-wearing

  • doorman.

  • That's rightno need to mingle with anyone else at all.

  • There are eight separate suites, and each is reserved for a private party of up to 20

  • people.

  • Once there, guests can look forward to being waited on hand and foot by their own private

  • butler, who will bring them champagne or a selection of other wines.

  • There's also a menu compiled by Jason Atherton, a chef behind various Michelin-star restaurants

  • in London.

  • That beats an overpriced Burger King.

  • But don't get too overexcited, because most visitors to the Windsor Suits aren't there

  • for a full-course meal.

  • They're frequent flyers with simple tastes who want to travel on a light stomach.

  • Typical canape dishes include cheese and onion crisps, Pretzels, and biscuits.

  • But the advantage of the Windsor Suites isn't the food.

  • It's about privacy and convenience.

  • No more worrying about the hassle of checking in and reaching the gate on time.

  • After officials take the passports upon arrival, they'll check them whilst guests wait in

  • their private suite.

  • Did you really think the Queen puts up with some border official eyeing her up like she's

  • an animal?

  • Plus, there's a personal flight liaison to deal with all the nasty customs and security

  • stuff.

  • This means there's no need to turn up super early, either.

  • Most royals arrive at the airport only an hour in advance.

  • Apparently, Prince Harry is notorious for only showing up at the last minute.

  • What a naughty boy!

  • When it's time for guests to board their plane, a BMW 7-Series drives them directly

  • to the aircraft.

  • Windsor Suite guests are always the last to board.

  • So, if you ever happen to be sharing a plane with one of them, you'll probably never

  • even realize.

  • But as far as entertainment goes, all the Windsor Suites have to offer is a TV, WiFi,

  • and a few magazines.

  • There aren't even any shops insidebut if you fancy a spot of retail therapy, a private

  • shopping experience can be arranged.

  • Because no airport trip is complete without buying at least one Chanel bag, two pairs

  • of Gucci shoes, and a jacket from Harrods.

  • Right?

  • [perspective change] You've flipped through the BMW magazine.

  • You've switched on the TV.

  • Now you're starting to worry that you'll miss your flight, because unlike some people

  • you actually have to go through the security.

  • Just as you leave the suite, you hear a voice behind you.

  • Excuse me, erm, Duke of Hertfordshire?”

  • It's the damn doorman again.

  • The Queen is waiting for you…”

  • Now go check out our videos about weird rules the Royal Family has to follow and why growing

  • up as a Young Royal sucks.

After getting up at 3 am this morning to ensure you reached the terminal on time, your head

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王室的祕密機場套房揭祕 (Royal Family's Secret Airport Suite Revealed)

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