Princesses drive the flag
PRINCESS Beatrice and Princess Eugenie drove through Berlin in an iconic Mini yesterday as they launched a campaign promoting Britain.
The royal sisters were asked by Number 10 to bang the drum for the UK and flew to the German capital to support the Great Campaign, a global initiative to attract visitors, business and students to these shores.
Eugenie, 22, took the wheel after posing for pictures with the car and her 24-year-old sister in the shadow of the city's famous Brandenburg Gate.
The car was emblazoned with the Union flag and was driven the short distance to the British Embassy.
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The event launched the Great Britain Mini tour across Germany, a trip which will showcase the very best of Britain, from culture and technology to music and innovation.
EUROPEAN aviation regulators followed America yesterday in ordering the grounding of Boeing's new Dreamliner plane.
But UK airlines due to fly the state-of-the-art plane soon said they were confident their deliveries would not be affected.
Already years late into service due to production difficulties, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has run into a series of in-air problems in recent days.
The latest incident, an emergency landing after battery problems, prompted America's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to order US carriers to stop flying Dreamliners.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said it was endorsing the FAA directive grounding the Dreamliner until the risk of fires is resolved.
The EASA order is for all European carriers flying the 787, which at the moment only applies to Polish airline LOT.
UK carrier Thomson Airways is set to be the first British airline to fly the Dreamliner. It is due to take delivery of the first of eight 787s this spring, with the first flights due to leave on May 1 for Cancun in Mexico and Florida.