18 Powers & Privileges Of Queen Elizabeth II That You Had No Idea About

Privilege is like a dessert served on a silver platter. But when it comes to Queen Elizabeth II, her silver platter shines brighter than the moon. Now, you’re probably thinking “ab ye sab kaun sochta hai?” but trust me, you’re about to be completely blown off your game here because she has it all, literally!

The British monarch’s powers and privileges can put these terms to shame. See for yourself:

1. The Queen needs no license to drive.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Queen Elizabeth drives a Range Rover during day three of the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 10, 2008 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

2. She needs no passport either.

England's Queen Elizabeth II and her husbaand, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, disembark from a British Airways Concorde supersonic transport aircraft upon their arrival for a royal visit.

3. She gets to celebrate two birthdays!
According to the Royal Mint, the Queen’s official birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June, although her actual birthday is on April 21st. An official birthday has been a thing for the Royal family since the very beginning.


4. Ever heard of a private poet? Well, she has one.
The role is currently held by Carol Ann Duffy. According to the official website of the British Monarch, this honorary position is given to a poet who’s work is of national significance. Carol will hold the position till 2019. Here’s more if you wish to read up.


5. She also has a private cash machine.
Installed in the basement of the Buckingham Palace, provided by Coutts (one of Britain’s most exclusive banks), this one is a special perk for the queen and her royal family.A private ATM! Awesome, right?

Queen Elizabeth II wears 3-D glasses during a visit to the University of Sheffield, in 2010. This year, the queen's annual Christmas message will broadcast in 3-D.

6. She owns all the swans in the River Thames.


7. And all the dolphins in British waters belong to her too.


8. Without her consent, no bill can be passed to form a law.

Commonwealth Day

9. She has the power to appoint Lords and Knights.


10. She can opt out from paying tax.
But she doesn’t. She voluntarily began paying her share in 1992.


11. Her family (and she) have been spared from all Freedom of Information requests!


12. In times of “grave constitutional crisis”, the Queen has the power to VETO any ministerial advice/opinion.


13. And under no “grave constitutional crisis” the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage, and to warn her ministers.

TOPSHOTS  Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) sits flanked by British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (R) as members of the Cabinet pose for a family picture at No 10 Downing Street in central London December 18, 2012. Queen Elizabeth II attended her first-ever cabinet meeting on Tuesday to mark her diamond jubilee, the only monarch to do so since 1781.The 86-year-old sovereign sat in as an observer on the meeting and received a gift from the Cabinet to celebrate her 60 years on the throne. AFP PHOTO / POOL / JEREMY SELWYN

14. She’s also the Queen of Australia.
This is since the enactment of the Royal Styles and Titles Act in 1953.


15. Apart from being the Head of State of UK and Australia, she’s also dominion to all these commonwealth realms:
Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.


16. She’s also the head of the Church of England under her formal title “Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England”.
Sounds like a fancy title picked from Game Of Thrones, don’t you think?


17. She’s immune from prosecution.


18. Here’s the most epic one of them all. She can fire the entire Australian Government!
Here’s how it works. The Prime Minister of Australia is appointed by the governor-general. The queen could instruct her representative to appoint a new PM at any time. She can appoint a new governor-general too, if he does not comply.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II attends a service for the Order of the British Empire at St Paul's Cathedral on March 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)

How I wish I was queen!


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