Her Britannic Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II has been the reigning Queen of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, since February 6, 1952. Not only this, Queen Elizabeth II is also the Head of the Commonwealth Realms, and the Queen of the twelve countries that turned into independent nations upon her succession that include Barbados, Papua New Guinea, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Grenada, Belize, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Tuvalu, and Antigua and Barbuda. Elizabeth II has surpassed her own great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, to become the longest-reigning British Monarch. Upon the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, she became the longest currently reigning monarch and head of state in October 2016. So, these were some of the well-known facts about her majesty but do you Queen Elizabeth II can travel all around the world without carrying a passport. Are you surprised? Well, that is the truth. Want to know why is that so? Here we will unveil the reasons behind this lesser known fact. Let’s get started! Also read, What Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth II Dies?
She is the oldest governing monarch in the world as well as the longest-lived in Britain. The eldest child of Queen Elizabeth and King George VI, Elizabeth was born in London on April 21, 1926. She is the mother of Prince Charles, the grandmother of Prince William and Prince Harry, as well as the great-grandmother of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Here 14 Surprising Rules of the Royal Family that you should know.
Her majesty the Queen has become a respected and much-loved figure all across the world. Public and voluntary service is one of the most significant elements of work for her. She also serves as the Royal Patron of more than 600 charities, professional bodies, military associations, and public service organizations.
She has traveled across the globe, more widely than any other monarch venturing several visits overseas. But there is one thing that she doesn’t need like all of the other British Citizens. That is a passport! Yes, you heard it right. The Queen is free to travel all around the world without actually carrying a passport. Here is why she doesn’t have to carry one.
This is what the first page of the British Passport reads-
The reason may have become clear from the upper statement. Since the passport of Britain is issued in the very name of Her Majesty the Queen, it is just not obligatory for her to have one. In a nutshell, we can understand it this way that the British passport is relatively an entreaty from the Queen of England to permit one of its citizens to travel matter-of-factly yonder the boundaries of the country (Britain). Since the passport is issued in her own name, she does not have one, as she can simply ask for her own request in person.
But wait, a passport isn’t required only for allowing the citizen of a nation to travel around the world, it also serves the function of the identifying the person in possession. Just as an ordinary person, the Queen of England also has to leap through similar circles while she travels, and has to provide her name, occupation, and date of birth as she arrives in a country overseas. But to your surprise, the Queen doesn’t have to do so as she just answers ‘Queen’ to the officials once she lands in a foreign country. Not only this, she also doesn’t carry any sort of official picture ID Proof with her.
The Queen of England has sometimes arrived immediately at many places, which is also one of the reasons she doesn’t have to carry a passport. To make her arrival fast-tracked and that she doesn’t have to go through the long checking process done by the customs officials, due to the lack of any picture ID or the passport, the Queen just don’t have to have one. You will be amazed to know about 12 Things Will Happen When Queen Elizabeth Dies.
Not only this, the Queen of England has been conferred with much recognition from much of the world and she arrives in her private jet with full cortege.
If you think that all the members of the Royal Family enjoy the same perks as the Queen, then you are absolutely wrong. All the other members of the Royal Family have to carry a passport with them. But yes, they do have the privilege of their own which is why their passports are called ‘Royal Passports’. And as a part of their privilege, the Royal Members are allowed to evade some of the usual security checks.
So, the Queen is the only person in the United Kingdom to not own any passport or Picture ID Proof.
But that’s not where the perks, powers, and the privileges of the Queen of England end. She enjoys these as well.
Apart from being free of carrying a passport, there are various other perks and privileges that Queen Elizabeth II enjoys. There are several nations (former Commonwealth realms and other countries) that still prefer to have Queen on their currency even after their declaration of Independence.
These perks and privileges have not been bestowed upon any of her subjects. Some of these are stated below-
Well, that was it! If you too know any of such intriguing facts about Her Majesty the Queen of England, feel free to share your views in the comment section below.