A curious journey through the story of the passport

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/28/a-curious-journey-through-the-story-of-the-passport.html


I didn’t have a passport until 2004. Before 2002 from the US you could go to Mexico, Canada and most of the Caribbean with just a driver’s license.


I don’t think the Queen’s exemption from carrying a passport is part of the royal prerogative, or at least not entirely.

While she does enjoy exemptions from many British laws- for instance, she is allowed to drive without a licence and her cars don’t have licence plates- that doesn’t necessarily apply if she wants to travel to a foreign country.

On the other hand, a British passport is officially a request from the Queen to allow the bearer to pass. If she is there, she can deliver that request in person.


Anything to stop Philip getting behind the wheel…

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