Do You Know Why the Queen of England Can't Have a Passport?

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?

Why Doesn’t the Queen of England Need to Have a Passport?


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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.

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This is what the first page of the British Passport reads-

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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.

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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.

Do all the Royal Family Members of Britain Need Not Carry a Passport?

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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.


The Perks, Powers, and Privileges the Queen of England Enjoys

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-

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  • One of the strongest powers of the Queen of England is that she can declare war with any nation if she desires. 
  • Queen Elizabeth II is immune from persecution from any form of crime that she happens to commit. Why? The reason for this particular privilege is because justice in the United Kingdom is served in her name. Hence, she doesn’t have to compel to provide any evidence in the court.
  • One of the most extreme powers and possessions of the Queen of England is that she owns all the whales, dolphins, and sturgeons in the waters of Britain. Not only, she owns every newt that is seen anywhere in the British open waters.  
  • Just like the whales, dolphins, sturgeons, and newts Queen also owns all the swans that swim in the river Thames.
  • Whenever she wants, she can choose not to pay any sort of tax. But that’s not what she did. The Queen of England has been paying tax since the year of 1992.
  • Just like the passport, the Queen doesn’t have to carry a driving license as well. This has the same reason as that of the passport. As the driving licenses are also issued in the name of the Queen, she doesn’t need to affirm her own driving ability to herself. Hence, she doesn’t need to carry a driving license as well. And you will be thrilled to know that the Queen drove a truck during the World War II at the tender age of 18.
  • The Queen of England, Elizabeth II celebrates two birthdays. Although she was born on April 21, 1926, her birthday is celebrated on a designated day either in the month of May or June in every Commonwealth Nation.
  • The Queen of England has her own private poet and a private cash machine.
  • In Britain, no bill can be passed to form a law without the consent of the Queen.
  • Being the Queen of Australia, Elizabeth II has the power of firing the whole Australian Government. The Prime Minister of Australia is appointed by the Governor-General, who is in turn appointed by the Queen. Hence, the Queen can instruct her representative to nominate a new Prime Minister, or a Governor-General anytime she wants.

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.

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