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Queen Elizabeth II may be the only person to whom new Brexit passport rules don

Though Brexit means new passport rules will come into play for Britons, Queen Elizabeth is likely the only person exempt from any changes. The monarch holds a very special role as head of state, and due to this, she is able to fly around the world without a passport at all.

UK passports include the inscription: “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.”

Despite this, the monarch must still go through rigorous security and identity checks.

During this, it is reported she must give details including her full name, age, address, gender and place of birth.

However, though Prince Charles, Prince William and even little Prince George must carry passport at the time of writing, one day they too may share the same privileges.

When travelling to Commonwealth nation Australia, for example, the royals are exempt from some rules.

They are issued a “special purpose visa” unlike regular visas normal travellers must seek.

These particular visas are restricted to select individuals, and can not be applied for by normal travellers.

According to the country’s Department of Home Affairs: “This visa allows people with a prescribed status or who are declared by the Minister to hold a Special Purpose Visa to lawfully enter and remain in Australia.”


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