The World: Barcelona - Ryanair in trouble over Queen Sofia image stunt

The low-cost airline Ryanair has come under fire from Spanish officials after it used an image of Queen Sofia to sell cut-price flights without her permission.

The company used a photograph of the Spanish royal after she flew with the airline from Santander in Northern Spain to see her brother in London, who is recovering from heart surgery.

The flight, which cost £13, was the only one available from Santander at the time.

Ryanair has apologised for the marketing stunt, and has promised to donate EUR5,000 to a charity of Queen Sofia's choice.

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