Queen Elizabeth Gets to Travel Passport-Free Because of One Specific British Rule
When Queen Elizabeth visits other counties, you wouldn't be wrong to assume that she more travel perks than the average flier does. As it turns out, she even enjoys benefits that others in the royal family don't: According to Mental Floss, Her Majesty gets to travel from point A to point B without ever showing a passport.
While the Queen has reportedly visited over 115 countries since the start of her rule almost 70 years ago, that alone doesn't capture why she gets this elite travel status. As The Atlantic stated, her exception to the typical travel rule is written plainly in the British passport: "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." Translation: The Queen can roam the world freely without having to present the travel ID—any other member of the royal family will still have to follow standard protocol and show their passport, though.
This news comes as no surprise, especially since the Queen is known for her frequent flying arrangements and tight-knit travel team. The royal family even began the process of hiring a new Director of Royal Travel back in December; this person will ultimately be in charge of "leading a small team in the Royal Travel office," The Daily Express previously reported.
Another plus to leading the travel team at "The Queen's Helicopter Flight, based at Odiham?" The position also reportedly paid about $100,000 in US dollars. While the position was said to be filled before the new year, the royals just might use the job recruitment platform again to give a lucky someone a chance at working alongside British royalty.