Queen Elizabeth does not need a passport to travel

A Monitor Desk Report 23 Apr, 2017 | 3599 Views|-+
London: Queen Elizabeth of England is a globe totter. In her lifetime she has travelled all over the world. But she has no passport, as she does not need one to travel.

Yes, that’s right, her Majesty the Queen has no need for commoner items like passports when she travels abroad. As the official website of the British monarchy describes:

At the time of traveling overseas, The Queen does not require a British passport. The cover of a British passport features the Royal Arms, and the first page contains another representation of the Arms, together with the following wording:

The Secretary of State of Her Britannic Majesty’s requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.

British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, so, it is unnecessary for the Queen to possess one. All other members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, have passports.

Among Commonwealth countries where The Queen is head, a similar formula is used, except that the request to all whom it may concern is made in the name of the realm’s Governor-General, as The Queen’s representative in that realm. In Canada, the request is made in the name of Her Majesty by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Traveling without a passport isn’t the only law Queen Elizabeth is exempt from. Because all British licenses are also issued in her name, the Queen has no need for one in order to legally drive, according to TIME, and doesn’t need a license plate on her vehicles either.

The Queen is additionally exempt from any prosecution, though we likely never need to worry about that. As the official site of the Monarchy said, “Although civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Sovereign as a person under U.K. law, the Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”

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