No Driver’s License and Other Strict British Laws That Don’t Apply to the Queen

When you’re the queen of England, you get away with a lot. And we mean a lot. Perhaps that’s why the queen still follows some of the medieval — read: downright bizarre — royal family rules set in place by her predecessors. Nonetheless, laws are laws, so some of the everyday rules British commoners abide by must apply to the queen, right? Not exactly.

Keep reading to find out all of the British laws that don’t apply to the queen.

1. The queen doesn’t require a driver’s license to operate a vehicle

Queen Elizabeth drives a car with her hair in a scarf

It’s a good thing because she loves to drive. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

One strict law the queen does not have to follow? If her driver decides to take the day off, she can legally drive without a driver’s license.

2. The speed limit doesn’t apply

Queen Elizabeth driving her SUV

She’s free to be a speed demon. | Carl De Souza/Getty Images

In addition to not needing a driver’s license, the queen does not have to abide by the rules of the road either. Whether she wants to go over or under the speed limit is entirely up to her.

3. She also doesn’t need a passport — or any other form of identification

Queen Elizabeth in Germany

It’s not like people don’t know who she is. | John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Think the queen needs a passport or some form of identification to travel outside the country? Think again. The queen is exempt from carrying a passport and an identification card.

4. She’s the only person in Britain who doesn’t have to pay taxes, but she does anyway

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Queen Elizabeth II watch part of a children's sports even

She’s been voluntarily paying them since 1992. | Phil Noble-WPA Pool/Getty Images

With some of Britain’s tax money going toward paying for her palaces, staff, and so on, you’d think the queen would be very pleased with not having to pay taxes herself. That said, the queen is a fair woman, and in 1992, she decided to voluntarily pay income taxes (and has been paying them ever since).

5. The Freedom of Information law does not apply to the queen or her family

(L-R) Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince George of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Harry and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) watch the fly-past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping The Colour ceremony on June 13, 2015 in London, England. The ceremony is Queen Elizabeth II's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century, when the Colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The royal family doesn’t owe information to the public. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Freedom of Information law allows the public (including the media) to find out information about public figures and the situations they’ve involved themselves with. That said, the queen and her family are exempt from this law and aren’t required to share such specifics with the public.

6. She doesn’t have to pay her mortgage

Buckingham Palace

She’s living there on the taxpayers’ dime. | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Another perk of being queen? She doesn’t have to pay her mortgage. The taxpayers do so for her.

7. She can legally eat swan (while the rest of the country cannot)

Queen Elizabeth and swan

Don’t tell this little guy. | Sang Tan-WPA Pool/Getty Images

There are strict laws against eating swan in Britain, set in place by the monarchy. That said, the queen is the only person allowed to indulge.

8. She can’t be sued or prosecuted

Queen Elizabeth II is wearing a blue suit dress and a hat.

She’s probably pretty happy about that. | Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

There’s no doubt the queen has seen some controversy in her time as monarch. That said, none of it was her fault — or at least that’s what the courts will tell you. In Britain, it is illegal to sue or prosecute the queen.

9. She can essentially break any and all laws

She can mostly do as she pleases. | Ben Stansall/Getty Images

When it comes down to it, the queen is above the law. She can essentially break any law she pleases and not face the consequences a commoner otherwise would.

Ironically, there are royal laws (or rules rather) set in place that the queen does not have power to break. From political agendas to outdated traditions, keep reading to find out what royal rules the queen must follow.

10. She can’t vote

Queen Elizabeth II

She has to keep her political opinions to herself. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

One downside to being queen? You can’t express your right to vote. In fact, you don’t have the right to vote. According to royal family rules, the monarch and her family members are forbidden from voting for a particular party or person.

11. She must keep at least 6 ravens at the Tower of London at all times

Tower of London Ravens

You can spy the ravens hanging out in the tower. | Tankbmb/iStock/Getty Images

Another strange rule the queen must follow? She must oversee that at least six ravens live at the Tower of London at all times. Because, as legend has it, if there are fewer than six ravens, the kingdom and tower will fall.

12. She and her family members can’t work for Parliament

British parliament

She gets the final say though. | Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

In addition to not being allowed to vote, the queen and her family members can’t hold an official office either. That said, the queen still has the final say when it comes to passing laws.

13. She must stick to a specific seating arrangement at dinner parties

Royal Banquet

There is a very specific order to be followed. | Lewis Whyld-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Believe it or not, there are even royal laws for seating arrangements. When hosting dinner parties, the queen and her family must stick to the order of precedence. This also applies to processionals.

14. She must be loyal to the Church of England

Queen Elizabeth and Royal Family at church

They are required to be members of the Church of England. | Murray Sanders-WPA Pool/Getty Images

If the queen wants to remain queen, she must always be faithful to the Church of England. It’s not because the monarchy has any beef with accepting other religions in their family (though they once did), but because she would no longer be allowed to be monarch if she chose to convert to, say, Roman Catholic.

15. She cannot sign autographs

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II hands out maundy money during the Royal Maundy Service

She can meet with people but not sign anything. | Phil Noble/AFP/Getty Images

Another strict royal family law the queen must follow? She can’t sign any autographs. This isn’t because she’s afraid someone will go sell it on eBay for hundreds of dollars. It’s to protect her signature from becoming forged.

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