These Are All the Travel Perks You Get When You're the Queen of England (Video)
Queen Elizabeth is not only the longest reigning monarch in the world, but she’s also one of the most well-traveled. In fact, she’s visited 116 countries during her time as queen. But, unlike her grandson Prince Harry, who we've seen fly commercial, the Queen always flies in style.
The royals, Vogue explained, do indeed fly commercial for their personal vacations. That’s why you may spot Harry on a few flights for his polo games or his wife, Meghan Markle, on a visit to Los Angeles. However, if they are flying for an official state visit, they may fly in a privately chartered plane.
That’s because there is a set amount of British taxpayers' money put aside for such an event. And apparently, the Queen never travels for pleasure, only for business.
According to The Points Guy, the Queen typically charters British Airways planes for her official business. As an example, it noted her 2011 trip to Australia where she chartered a British Airways Boeing 777 for her journey with her husband Prince Phillip. Beyond 777s, the Queen has chartered the Concorde in the past.
The Queen even has the right to ask for a military plane for any of her state-sanctioned trips. As The Points Guy explained, the Queen has the right to use the specially converted Airbus A330 operated by the Royal Air Force for her trips. That aircraft, it added, is also often used by the British Prime Minister and other senior government officials.
And her glamorous travel doesn’t stop once she lands.
Beyond private planes, the Queen can also travel by private train. Royal expert Robert Jobson told The Express, “Of course, at 92, 93 next birthday, she is not doing more long-haul flights. She did fly in 2015 to Germany by private jet. But the reality is, they use the royal train a lot. She has away days and she still carries them out to the best of her ability.”
But wait, the Queen has one more awesome travel perk: she never has to travel with a passport, even when she visits foreign countries. That’s because she’s the one who issues them in the first place.
In case you never noticed, the first page of all British passports reads: “Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary."
So, there you have it. The Queen can travel by private plane, train, and automobile sans passport whenever she pleases. And really, if anyone deserves it, it’s a well-traveled monarch.