RYANAIR USES QUEEN'S PHOTO IN AD
Contributor / 2009-06-12 12:10:16
The Spanish royal family was not pleased after Ryanair used a photo of Queen Sofia in an advertisement for the budget airline.
The Irish company used the Queen´s image in a Spanish national newspaper campaign after it was revealed she had flown with them this week. The half-page adverts - headlined "Fly like a monarch" - read: "It´s a privilege for us that Queen Sofia flies with the biggest growing airline in Spain."
A spokesman for the palace said: "We are upset and surprised. Nobody has approached us (from the airline) about this issue. "An image of the Queen is being used improperly."
In the adverts, Ryanair promised to donate 5000 euros (£3470) to the charity of the Queen´s choice. But the palace spokesman added: "We are not going to get involved with this advert or any donation coming from the improper use of the image of Dona Sofia."
Queen Sofia, 70, paid 15 Euros (£13) for a Ryanair flight from Santander to Stansted last Sunday. She was flying to the UK to visit her brother Constantine, formerly King Constantine II of Greece, who is recovering from heart surgery in a hospital in the capital.
Royal sources said the Queen chose Ryanair because it was the easiest way to get from Santander to London. She was in the city in northern Spain with her husband King Juan Carlos to mark the country´s armed forces day.
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