As the British monarch was on her way to the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday someone noticed that she wasn’t wearing a seat belt and reported her to the police.
Queen Elizabeth and her son Prince Charles were sitting in the back of her official car, a chauffeur-driven Bentley, during the short ride from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster where she was due to give the ceremonial Queen’s Speech.
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Tom Donohoe of the West Yorkshire Police told the Mirror: “I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.”
Under UK law, it is compulsory to wear a seatbelt if there is one installed. Those found flouting the law can be fined £500.
However, the Queen is immune from any civil or criminal proceedings, and her press office said it would not comment on the incident.
Under the Queen and Law section of the Royal Family’s website, it states: “The Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacities are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”
Beyond her laissez-faire attitude towards road safety, the monarch’s choice of headgear also raised eyebrows on social media on Thursday, sparking theories that her blue and yellow hat was meant to be a subtle show of support for the EU.
It was also the first time in 43 years that the monarch didn’t wear her crown for the state opening of parliament.
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