Do the royals need passports?

Travel is a huge part of the job for the British royal family, so do they need a passport?

The British royal family always seem to be on the move, whether that’s travelling for royal tours, diplomatic events, or to visit their royal relatives. So, what’s required of these border crossings, and do they need a passport?

According to the royal family's official website, the monarch doesn’t need a British passport because the passport is issued in the name of the sovereign.

Camilla and Charles wave from the door of a plane with an Australian flag visible on it.
There are different rules for the sovereign compared to other members of the British Royal family. Credit: Getty Images

So while King Charles can travel without any passport worries, the rest of the royal family, including the sovereign's partner, aren't so lucky.


The royal website states “All other members of the Royal Family, including The Duke of Edinburgh and The Prince of Wales, have passports”.

Queen Elizabeth II travelled to over 100 countries and covered more than 1.6million kilometres during her reign, according to Reuters. Her most visited country was Canada.

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