9 Of The Queen’s Strangest Powers and Privileges

1. SHE CAN DRIVE WITHOUT A LICENSE

She is the only person in the U.K. who doesn’t legally need a license number or a number plate according to TIME. Queen Elizabeth learned how to drive during World War II, when she operated a first-aid truck for the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service.

2. SHE DOESN’T NEED A PASSPORT TO TRAVEL

Other members of the royal family still requires a passport to travel. However, the Queen doesn’t need one herself.

3. SHE GETS TO CELEBRATE TWO BIRTHDAYS

The Queen’s birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June but her actual birthday is on April 21.

Her actual birthday “is marked publicly by gun salutes in central London at midday,” according to the official website of the British Monarchy. This involves “a 41 gun salute in Hyde Park, a 21 gun salute in Windsor Great Park and a 62 gun salute at the Tower of London. In 2006, Her Majesty celebrated her 80th Birthday in 2006 with a walkabout in the streets outside of Windsor Castle to meet well-wishers.”

For the “official” birthday, the Queen is “is joined by other members of the Royal Family at the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade which moves between Buckingham Palace, The Mall and Horseguards’ Parade.”

4. SHE HAS A PRIVATE CASH MACHINE

In the basement of Buckingham Palace, courtesy of the posh bank Coutts, the Queen has a private cash machine installed for her personal use. Coutts is one of Britain’s most prestigious banks, obviously.

5. SHE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD TO SEND AN EMAIL

Many years before the personal computer was even a thing, the Queen was one of the first people to send an email. A feat she accomplished at an army base in 1976.

6. SHE DOESN’T HAVE TO PAY TAXES

The Queen doesn’t have to pay tax. However, she voluntarily began paying tax and capital gains tax since 1992.

7. SHE CAN BASICALLY NEVER BE ARRESTED

After all, she’s completely immune from prosecution. She and her family are also spared from all Freedom of Information requests, meaning they don’t have to give anyone access to their information.

8. SHE HAS HER OWN POET

Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first openly LGBT and the first Scot to hold this honorary position.

9. SHE IS THE HEAD OF A RELIGION

The Queen is also the head of the Church of England. Her formal title is Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. If she converted to another religion, her title would be removed.

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