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Why The Queen Of England Doesn't Carry A Passport

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The Queen of England, while largely a ceremonial post these days, is still pretty powerful. How powerful? Her Majesty doesn't need a passport to travel abroad. Well la dee dah!


All passports in England are issued in the name of Her Majesty.

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.


Since the passports are issued in the name of the Queen, what would her passport say? Issued in the name of me? Issued in my name? Apparently, issuing them in her name makes her having a passport redundant. Of course, the rest of the royal family has to have a passport, until one of them gets promoted to king or queen.

(Hat tip to @cfarivar!)

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It was a sad day when we lost our old fashioned blue hard back style passports.

It wasn't a travel document, it was stiff upper lip made paper! Just the job for swotting customs officers out of the way when we travelled to uncivilised lands to introduce cricket and poor dentistry!