It’s been a stressful few months for the British royal family, so last week Queen Consort Camilla reportedly took a private trip to one of her favorite relaxation spots, the Soukya spa in Bangalore, India. Though the details of her stay at the spa were not publicized, her trip seems to have ended with a fright. According to the Daily Mail, Camilla’s British Airways return flight hit a bird mid-air while on its approach for landing at Heathrow airport on Friday.
FL360aero, an aviation news site, posted a picture of the plane to Twitter, and it shows the Boeing 777 with a massive dent in the nose cone. In a statement to Royal Central, British Airways said, “The aircraft landed safely, and customers disembarked as normal.” Buckingham Palace declined to comment when contacted by the Mail, though the tabloid noted that Camilla has a fear of flying.
The Times of India reports that Camilla arrived in Bangalore on October 20, accompanied by “a few friends” and her protection officers. Soukya is a holistic spa, ayurvedic treatment center, and 30-acre organic farm located in rural Bangalore, where guests consult with practitioners, take yoga classes, and do Panchakarma treatments. According to the Mail, Camilla has visited at least seven times since 2010, including a 2019 trip with King Charles III to celebrate the then-prince’s 71st birthday.
While Camilla was away, the king was announced as the new Captain General of the Royal Marines, a role held by Prince Harry until his royal exit became official in February 2021. Earlier this month, the Sunday Times reported that Charles and Camilla will continuing living in Clarence House, the London home they have shared for nearly two decades, until at ten-year renovation of Buckingham Palace is completed in 2027.