• Jun 17, 2010
As much as it runs against our colonial grain to say this, there are some perks to being a monarch. Aside from having an entire kingdom crammed full of palaces and an army of staff just waiting to cater to your every whim, you're evidently also free from prosecution under your country's courts. At least in the United Kingdom. As it turns out, Queen Elizabeth II can't be cited for traffic violations like, say, not wearing her seatbelt – something she was just caught doing. Why? Since the courts are conducted in her name, she would essentially be trying herself. You can see where that might become a bit of a sticky wicket.

Interestingly enough, the Queen isn't required to have a driver's license or to register her vehicle, either. Considering that Her Majesty enjoys spending time behind the wheel, those are both pretty good perks to have. Her custom 2001 Jaguar XJ8 recently cropped up for sale for close to $100,000, though it appears she's still driving a Daimler Super 8.

[Source: The Daily Mail I Image: Eliot Press//bauergriffinonline.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't the Queen serve as a mechanic during World
      War II? I remember a story of her once motoring along in her chauffuer driven Rolls, and it broke down. The old girl climbed out, made a quick repair, and "back on the road again!" It's a good story whether it's true or not! Besides, she should get some reward for putting up with that family of hers!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since she never drives on public roads and only on her own private estates, who cares? People find the DUMBEST things to write about. I don't wear a seatbelt on the private roads on my own private property either. People can turn the silliest little things into a news story. Somehow I don't think this is why people get degrees in journalism for work like this. Find something important to report on next time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I can think of worse situations. The fiancee of one of the Dutch princes pulled out from a palace driveway onto a main road in her Smart and hit another car. Even though she was in the wrong, the road was suddenly and mysteriously reclassified as a private road and she was found somehow to be not at fault. Tough for the other guy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      'Since the courts are conducted in her name, she would essentially be trying herself'

      That's also why she doesn't carry a passport - those are issued in her name.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bet the guy in the previous story wishes he was a queen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh he will be, once he is in jail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can't make it out, but it would be interesting to see the interior of her car; Bentley built her 2002 golden jubilee limousine with a cloth rear seat as she doesn't like leather.

      However, I've seen a Jaguar sold on in recent months that claimed to be the Queen's and it had leather. It may have been the one mentioned in the article.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was funny, Colin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        She's not a leather queen.
        • 4 Years Ago
        cloth in the back for animals, it's not that she doesn't like leather its so the paws,claws etc don't cut up the seat
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently she's not subject to the Fashion Police either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How long are you stupid Brits going to pay the way for these people who are living off you and think they are better than you. They don't really have a job and yet live better than anyone in England and its on your dime too. They are even bowed to, omg, are you people entirely stupid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        who do you think you are? the british taxpayer pays 6p a year in taxes towards the monarch its practically nothing. do you think your political system is better?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you don't think the Queen has a job, then your must believe your president spends all his time idling his thumbs as well. The difference is that Obama (or whatever president you choose) volunteered for that job, a monarch does not.

        If you think it's easy to be born into a halo figure for your entire country, you're misstaken.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They have kings and queens, we have the Kennedy's, neither think laws are for them to follow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "I didn't think any of the Kennedy bunch were still alive."

        There are dozens of Kennedy family members -- Patrick Kennedy, Joe Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Brilliany, old chap, brilliant. Spot on!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't think any of the Kennedy bunch were still alive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, what year do you live in?

        Also, this statement applies to basically every U.S. president ever.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, watch out for KEnnedy driving, i.e., Admiral Oldsmobile.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And the Bushes. Don't forget the Bushes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Blake, it was funny in 40's 50's 60's 70's 80's 90's 00's and it is still funny now. I bet as we speak some Kennedy is getting drunk now. See no one ever thought they were drunk, until someone saw them sober once.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another reason I loathe the world's richest family on welfare.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It'd be ridicilous if the monarch was not immune.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make no mistake, it's the same in this country.

      Except here they go by the names of "President", "Congressman", "Senator", and "Justice". They too think they are above the law while issuing their decrees on peasants like you and I.

      We are no longer being served but are to be subservient.



      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess being a "Royal" royalty doesn't mean you have brains or common sense. Lady Di was killed basically because she was not wearing her seatbelt in the back seat. Here the Queen drives around not wearing it in the front. Some people just never learn. Never mind her responsibility to set an example for her citizenship.
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