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The Queen forgets to clunk-click and drives her Jag without wearing a seatbelt

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The Queen forgets to clunk-click and drives her Jag without wearing a seatbelt

By KATHERINE FAULKNER

Last updated at 1:46 PM on 14th June 2010

Tsk tsk, Ma'am. That's not a very good example to set your subjects, is it?

The Queen was spotted driving her Jaguar away from a polo match in Windsor

yesterday without wearing a seatbelt.

She wasn’t on a public road when this photo was taken, but even if she was, there was no chance a PC would pull her over.

Unbelted: The Queen driving in Windsor without her seatbelt fastened

Bo belt: The Queen drives from Guards Polo Club

Although driving without a seatbelt is against the law, a reigning monarch cannot be found guilty of it.

Because British courts are established on her behalf, the Queen cannot be a defendant in one - as it would mean she was prosecuting herself.

The Queen is also the only person in the UK who is permitted to drive without a licence and is not obliged to have registration plates on her vehicles.

For ordinary motorists, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is £60. It was doubled from

£30 last year after the Home Office admitted the fine was not acting as enough of a deterrent.

A life of driving: The Queen when she served during WWII in the ATS

The Queen, 84, is said to have scolded her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in the past for driving too fast.

But seatbelts are also hugely important in road safety, with one person dying

in the UK every day because they failed to ‘clunk-click on every trip’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1286402/Queen-drives-seatbelt-forgets-clunk-click.html#ixzz0r7KjtOmL

PSA: Reigning monarchs cannot be found guilty of motoring infractions in UK

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Jun 17th, 2010 at 8:29AM

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.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/17/psa-reigning-monarchs-cannot-be-found-guilty-of-motoring-infrac/

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Slow news day, much? Seriously, why is this news? Who cares...she's old and she's the Queen; she really is entitled to do whatever the f@#k she wants.

Can't believe DailyMail and Autoblog reported this...

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It's pretty cool that the Queen drives herself around rather than being chaufeurred.

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar

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I thought Royalty in England wasn't supposed to be above the law since like, 1215. :P

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I thought Royalty in England wasn't supposed to be above the law since like, 1215. :P

They likely aren't; most likely there is a law to the effect of these exemptions ;)

Edited by Croc

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