Prince William will no longer have to do this when he’s King – but Kate Middleton will

Prince William will no longer have to do this when he’s King – but Kate Middleton will

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have enjoyed plenty of foreign travel over the years. The pair often represent the Royal Family on visits abroad and sometimes take their children with them. However, when William steps up to become King one aspect of travel will become very different for him.

However, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge will still require one, despite the seniority of her husband.

Why is this?

Passports are issued in the name of the monarch, meaning they are currently given by Her Majesty, the Queen.

The document states: “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.”


Queen Elizabeth is currently the only person in the UK who does not need a passport to travel for this reason.

When Prince Charles becomes King after Elizabeth, he will also not need a passport.

Of course, in the case of William and Charles, the wording on British passports will shift to His Majesty.

The monarch will still have to undergo certain checks when travelling, however.

Female royals must keep their chin level to the stairs as they leave the aircraft.

This etiquette rule means the woman in question not only has good posture but also allows them to appear engaged with what is in front of them.

However, they are permitted to hold onto the rail to steady themselves.

Etiquette trainer Myka Meier told The Sun: “One should keep their back straight, chin parallel to the floor and square the shoulders.”

Male royals often choose to walk ahead of their wives – something Prince William often does.

Published at Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:49:00 +0000