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Reigning for 65 glorious years, it will come as no surprise that Queen Elizabeth II has seen much more of the world than we all have – she is head of state, after all. But what might surprise you, is that when she travels, she’s not required to carry a very important travel document with her: a passport. And of course, people are a tad jealous.
While it may seem extremely unfair that The Queen doesn’t have to suffer the excruciating experience of getting a passport photo, it’s all for a very good reason – she’s not allowed one. Why, you ask? Because every British passport issued is done so in her name.
The first page of all those fancy little red books read:
‘Her Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary.’
The Queen is the only member of the royal family who does not require a passport. Even though she has visited an estimated 116 sovereign nations, she has never been asked once to hand over her documents. And what’s even more hilarious, is that when she’s out and about, she doesn’t even have to prove her identity. Maybe, she’s not 91, after all.
What will make Brits especially jealous, is that she can also drive around the whole of the UK without a driving license. Again, she issues those, too and even the law of the British land even states that the monarch can do this without a care in the world.
Driving since she was 19 years old after she trained to be a mechanic during World War II, her love for being a menace behind the wheel of her prized Range Rover has been well documented over the last six decades.
Don’t worry, we’re extremely jealous by Her Maj, too.
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