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Being part of the royal family comes with a wealth of responsibilities, but in addition it also comes with certain perks. The Queen, 95, enjoys certain privileges as Britain’s Head of State, and these will be passed on to her son Charles and her grandson Prince William when they also become the monarch.
A particular advantage of the job for Her Majesty means that she does not need a passport to travel abroad because British passports are actually issued on behalf of the Queen.
The royal family’s website explains: “As a British passport is issued in Her Majesty’s name, it is unnecessary for the Queen to possess one.”
Although the Queen does not require a passport, she still has to go through some security checks every time she leaves or travels into the UK.
Her Majesty is obliged to give her full name, age, address, nationality, sex and place of birth to officials at the border as part of an identity check.
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The Queen enjoys certain privileges as Britain’s Head of State
This means that Prince William will eventually take the throne, he too will enjoy this special perk as he will be king.
However, his wife Kate, 40, will not be covered by the perk and will still need to have her passport with her on the trip.
The benefit will apply to her son Prince George at eight when he becomes king, but in the meantime he also requires a passport to travel.
This also applies to all other members of the royal family who are not the monarch.
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At present, British passports bear the following message: “Her Majesty the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs requests and demands in the name of Her Majesty all who may be concerned to allow the holder to pass freely without permission or obstruction and to provide the holder with such assistance and protection as necessary. “
The wording changes to “His Majesty” when Charles and later William ascend the throne.
The fringe should be especially useful because as part of her role as head of state, the queen travels to countless countries as part of royal tours and visits.
In addition to not requiring a passport, the queen as monarch is also not required to have a driver’s license under the law.
Despite this, the Queen has been driving for decades after learning to drive a car during World War II.
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During her 70-year reign, Her Majesty has often been seen behind the wheel.
She is known for driving around her Balmoral property in Scotland without her usual driver and security team.
The monarch has also often been seen driving herself to one of her favorite events, the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
In much the same way as a passport, the perk only applies to the monarch and not to their spouse or children.
Other members of the royal family must pass a driving test before they can obtain their driving license.
The Queen is not required to have a driver’s license by law.
It’s not the only driving license the Queen is exempt from, as she also does not need a license plate on her vehicles.
The reigning monarch is also exempt from any prosecution.
The Royal Family’s website states: “Although civil and criminal proceedings may not be brought against the sovereign as a person under British law, the Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”
This will also apply to all future leaders including Charles and William.