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12 Privileges The Queen Of England Enjoys Whilst You Work your Arses Off

The British monarchy has changed through the years as it plays a more ceremonial role now than the political role it played before. While power has moved to the British parliament and people, Her Majesty the Queen still retains the privileges while remaining the longest reigning British monarch in history.

1. She is exempt from Right To Information requests.

The media is obsessed with the life of the royal family, often publishing correspondences between members and politicians. This rule came about following a legal battle between the government and the Guardian newspaper which published letters written by Prince Charles.
royal family

2. She heads a religious institution.

Addressed formally as the "Defender Of The Faith And Supreme Governor Of The Church Of England", she heads the protestant church of England that her ancestor Henry VIII founded in the 16th century. She has the power to appoint Bishops and Archbishops. However, like many of her other powers, this is exercised only on the advice of the Prime Minister in power.
Another interesting fact to note is that the monarch must practice Protestantism under the Church of England. For example, if Prince Charles were to ascend the throne (we hope never!) and he has converted to Islam or Catholicism, he will not be eligible to become king after his mother. 

3. She doesn't need a driving license.

And here I am in Gurgaon struggling to get one from the Haryana government....
According to TIME magazine, she doesn't need a license to drive, and nor do her cars require number plates.
Queen drives

4. She doesn't need a passport to the world.

In her 60 years on the throne, the Queen has toured the world and guess what? She's done it all without a passport!
Tsk Tsk, while you struggle to get your passport and go nuts trying to apply for a visa.

5. She owns all the swans on the River Thames.

In a ceremony carried out by the Royal "Swan Marker" to monitor the population census, swans in the upper Thames are ringed with a unique ID while they are given a health check. This is overseen by the Queen's Swan Warden, a Professor of Ornithology at the University of Oxford's Department of Zoology.
swan upper

6. She has two birthdays.

So she can have her cakes and eat it too! The Queen's official birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June while her actual birthday is April 21st. In Britain, monarchs' birthdays are celebrated twice if they are not born in the summer.
Her actual birthday is marked with 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. While her official birthday is celebrated with her riding in a spectacular parade through central London. Phew! That's one heck of a party!
queen birthday

7. She has her own personal ATM.

How does the Queen get money in her purse? Well she definitely doesn't send one of her cronies to the bank, and nor will you see her queuing at a cash machine. Suiting the luxury befitting any monarch, she has her private ATM at the basement of Buckingham Palace. The service is provided by Coutts, one of England's most exclusive banks. 

8. She has her own personal poet.

For a love song on a rainy day? Perhaps, the poet laureate is one of the most prestigious positions in British society that a monarch can appoint. It recognises the poet's work as that of "national significance". 
The current position is held by Carol Ann Duffy. She'll get a barrel of Sherry as a reward.
carol duffy

9. She can fire the entire the Australian Government.

As the head of state of Australia, the Queen appoints a Governor General who acts as her representative in the country. If the parliament is behaving like a bunch of fools (ahem, ahem Tony Abbott), she does have the power to shut them down. This happened once in 1975. 
tony abbott

10. She is the Head of State of several Commonwealth countries.

In addition to the UK and Australia, the Queen is also the Head of State in 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.
canada dollar

11. She's immune from prosecution.

All prosecutions are carried out in the name of the Queen, and she is both immune from prosecution and cannot be compelled to give evidence in court.
immune queen

12. The Queen has the right to counsel and warn her ministers.

Although she does not play a direct role in day-to-day politics, ministers can seek her advice, encouragement and be warned by her. 

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