Prince William Will No Longer Have to Carry a Passport When He Becomes King, But Kate Middleton Will Still Need ID
The royals have to follow these rules when traveling
The royals follow a slew of rules whenever they travel. For
female members of the royal family, this includes keeping their chin up when
they walk off an airplane.
Prince William will get a major perk once he becomes the King of the United Kingdom. William is second in line to the throne after his father, Prince Charles, and will reportedly not have to carry around a passport once he takes the throne. But the travel change will not apply to his wife, Kate Middleton, who will still have to carry around identification.
Male members of the royal family do not have to follow this etiquette rule. They do, however, frequently walk one step ahead of their spouses, a move Prince William often employs.
This is an etiquette rule that is meant to force good posture
(they are also allowed to use the rail for balance). It also makes it appear as
though the person is actively looking ahead, instead of looking down at the
One of the stranger things the royals do while traveling is
carrying around a personal supply of blood. Queen Elizabeth reportedly never
leaves the country without a personal blood supply, which would be administered
by her doctor.
When they are out mingling with the public, members of the royal
family are not allowed to sign autographs. This rule took effect a long time
ago and is meant to deter people from copying signatures of the royal family.
But that will change once William is on the throne. This is
because passports are issued in the King or Queen’s name, which is why William
will not have to carry one.
Prince William will ditch his passport once he is King
William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, have traveled around the world for several years, representing the royal family wherever they go. Although they are two of the most popular people in the world, they carry around passports just like everyone else.
When Prince William is King, he will still have to answer a few security questions to confirm his identity. Kate, meanwhile, will be subject to regular passport checks just like every other UK citizen.
Queen Elizabeth’s name is currently on all passports and she does
not carry one whenever she travels abroad. That said, William will not be able
to skip all of the requirements when traveling.
Prince William and Kate Middleton take a lead role amid the
Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have to follow many
rules while traveling, they will not be leaving the country anytime soon. The
couple is currently hunkering down at their country abode, Anmer Hall, while
the entire UK is under lockdown.
With William being second in line to the throne, it will likely
be several years before he gets to enjoy a passport-free life. His father,
Charles, is set to inherit the crown once Queen Elizabeth is gone.
Over the past few weeks, William and Kate have worked with
various charities via video calls and have utilized social media as a means to
get their message out. Their increased activity online has put them directly in
the royal spotlight, and body language experts say that they are
“comfortable” with the new responsibilities.