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Being a monarch, the Queen enjoys plenty of perks and privileges.
These include being exempt from some British laws and rules that could land the rest of us in bother.
It's said there only two things we can be certain of in life – death and taxes. Well, not for the Queen. She ins't legally required to pay taxes at all, although it's worth noting that she does so, voluntarily.
She will also never be called to do jury service.
And she is also allowed to get away with breaking rules and laws that would likely land ‘normal’ citizens a hefty fine or even a visit to Her Majesty’s Prison itself.
Here are some rules and laws that the Queen can break but law-abiding citizens can't.
Unlike other British citizens, The Queen and members of the royal family are permitted to legally break the speed limit.
Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll spot Her Majesty putting her foot down in the royal Range Rover around the streets of Windsor.
The royal family has to obey legal speed limits themselves, but not when being driven by police on official royal duties, when they can be driven as fast or as slowly as they wish.
However, if the royals do break the speed limit when driving themselves, they can be penalised.
Princess Anne was convicted of speeding in her Bentley after admitting driving at 93mph in a 70mph zone near her Gloucestershire home in 2001.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, was also given a six-month ban for speeding in her Land Rover.
No, officer, I don't need a driving licence
Her Majesty may be approaching her 96th birthday but she still doesn’t need to renew her driving licence like other nonagenarian drivers – because she has never had one.
The Queen has been driving since she was a teenager and she trained as a driver and mechanic for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II.
Since then, she has never been asked to take a driving test.
Still driving in her 90s, there is no upper age limit for citizens driving a car but they have to renew their licence at the age of 70 and then every three years after that.
Let me through, I don't need a passport
A valid and up-to-date passport is a must for any British citizen when they travel abroad but this vital identification document isn’t required when The Queen sets off on a flight.
What is regarded as essential of international travel for us isn’t required by Her Majesty as she is the only person in the country not legally require to have a passport to travel the world.
Quite literally above the law
Not only is the Queen exempt from appearing in court on jury service like other British citizens, she has the right to not give evidence in a court.
On top of that, the Queen can’t be arrested or prosecuted and she can’t be the subject of civil or criminal proceedings.
Of course, nobody could imagine the Queen ever getting into any trouble but then she is quite literally above the law anyway.
Legal name? Just call me Ma'am
Just imagine going about your daily business without having to use your legal last name? From bank cards to Covid-19 vaccine certificates, we all carry something with our surname printed on it.
But that’s not the case for the Royal Family who simply don’t have to legally use their last name.
Royals descended from the Queen on the male line can use the surname Mountbatten-Windsor, if they wish, but it’s rare.
Prince Harry does not have a legal last name but he gave the Mountbatten-Windsor surname to his son Archie.
No car registration required
The Queen is exempt from breaking the speed limit when being driven on official duties but even if the royal car did get flashed by a speed camera, it wouldn’t really matter as there are no number plates anyway.
Just as the Queen doesn’t require a licence to drive, her cars don’t have registration numbers so she can’t be fined for driving an unregistered vehicle like British citizens.
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Even in a digital world, most of us have to sign pieces of paper at some point, whether it's an official document, a letter or even a greetings card.
More famous British citizens will often be asked to sign autographs but that’s against the rules for the royals.
A royal signature would be worth a lot of money and too much power, which is why the Queen and her family aren’t allowed to sign anything.
The only time this rule has been relaxed was in 2010 when Prince Charles broke protocol and gave an autograph during a visit to victims of a flood disaster in Cornwall.
Charles shocked his protection officers when he signed the autograph for Meg and Tony Hendy, who cheekily asked for one for their young son, Tom.
The Prince wrote ‘Charles, 2010’ and then apologised for the shaky signature, explaining that he wasn’t used to writing whilst standing up.
Roasted swan, anyone?
The Queen owns all the swans, among other animals, in England – it's because of a bizarre rule made way back in the 12th century.
She's also the only person in the country who's allowed to eat swan.
It's unlikely that she ever has or would want to, but should she get a hankering for one of the graceful white aquatic birds, she could happily fill her boots.
It might be a lonely dining experience, though, because no one else on these shores would be legally permitted to join her.
- Prince Charles
- Prince Harry
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