Ever since Prince Philip’s car crash last week, the Duke and other members of the royal family have been a little scrutinised when out and about driving, with some criticising Philip for driving again this weekend, sans seatbelt.
This led to many questioning whether the royals actually need to wear seatbelts or not, given that they sometimes follow their own guidelines.
So HELLO! set about to answer that question, and it turns out they have to follow the rules of the road like everyone else. However, there are certain exceptions where they don’t need to, which include when, ‘a person [is] involved in a procession organised by or on behalf of the Crown or which is commonly or customarily held’.
Which happens a lot in their case, when they are surrounded by a police escort. However, the Queen does try and make sure that everyone follows the rules.
A source told the publication, ‘The Queen is careful to ensure that any activities that she carries out in a personal capacity are done so in accordance with the law.’
One other exception is that the Queen is the only person who doesn’t need to hold a driving licence to drive.