Most of us won’t be jetting off to far-flung countries anytime soon – thanks to travel restrictions. But if we were, we would definitely need a little bit of paper called a passport.
Without it, we would probably only get as far as the Heathrow Costa.
But not everyone in the UK has to have a passport.
According to The Royal Family, the Queen is exempt from needing one.
Why? In what is possible the biggest flex of all, the Queen does not need one because she herself is the issuer of all other passports.
Queen Elizabeth is the only royal who doesn’t need a passport as passports are issued in the name of Her Majesty — however, she is forced to go through an identity check every time she flies in and out of Britain, giving her full name, age, address, nationality, gender and place of birth to immigration officials.
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All other members of the Royal Family, including Prince William, Prince Charles and Prince Harry, are like the rest of us (at least on this basis) in that they have to have passports.
A few years ago, little Prince George had to get a baby passport for his trip to Australia, which cost the royals $65.
And the royal party has to adhere to customs and immigration rules. However, they are usually fast-tracked through this process.
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