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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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