The British Royal Family enjoy some privileges that the rest of us don’t have. But the Queen is the only Royal who can’t be arrested.
She has Sovereign Immunity – which means she can do no wrong.
Justice is carried out in Queen Elizabeth II’s name, which is where the term “serving at her majesty’s pleasure” comes from.
This term is used when a criminal is sent to prison following a fair trial.
The Royal Website explains: “In the earliest times the Sovereign was a key figure in the enforcement of law and the establishment of legal systems in different areas of the UK. As such the Sovereign became known as the 'Fount of Justice'."
It continues: "While no longer administering justice in a practical way, the Sovereign today still retains an important symbolic role as the figure in whose name justice is carried out, and law and order is maintained.
“Although civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the Sovereign as a person under UK law, The Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”
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As a Queen she cannot carry out justice on herself. She can’t commit a legal wrong, and is immune from civil and criminal proceedings.
But she is the only Royal that enjoys this privilege, which means the other members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate Middleton can be arrested.
This will of course change when Prince Charles becomes King. He will then be covered under Sovereign Immunity.
However, according to legal encyclopaedia Halbury’s Laws of England, members of the Royal Household can’t be arrested in civil proceedings.
There’s also a bizarre rule which means no arrest can be made “in the monarch’s presence” or within the “verges” of a Royal palace.
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When a Royal palace is used as a residence, regardless of whether the monarch is living there at the time, judicial process cannot be executed in that palace.
That means Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace are off limits for police.
Because the Queen enjoys Sovereign Immunity, she also doesn’t need a driving licence – despite having been driving since she was 18.
She trained as a driver and mechanic in the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II.
However, she has never been asked to take a driving test.
Her Majesty is also the only Royal who can travel without a passport.
Passports are issued in the Queen’s name, which is why she isn’t legally required to have one.
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