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Old 11-15-2014, 03:44 PM
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Diplomatic passports of the royals

as i was reading this piece of news on cristina and her succesion rights following NOOS, i found it interesting what they mention about diplomatic passports, how they work and what they allow holders to do. i became curious about what the passports that the royals hold allows them to do exactly and what they may look like.

for one, they mention that diplomatic passport holders are allowed to use the authorities suite at airports. in the articles i found, which were about generic on diplomatic passports, not royalty-specific, some of them seemed to mention that this is only permitted when travelling for official purposes, not for private purposes. however, i believe this mustn't apply for royalty, specially for heads of state, due to the need for special security. they also mentioned that their luggages are not checked and that they don't go through the scanners normal passengers do.

(the article also mentions that the spanish royal family has a "VIP card" of airline iberia, with perks being unknown to the public, but that this may allow them to travel for free on any private displacements they may wish to make)

i wonder if anyone else knows more about the diplomatic passports the royals use, as they must have some extra dispositions.

for those interested, here's what the cover of the diplomatic passports look like for the US:

for kenya:
Jpeg Passport Diplomatic 467850623 - upcScavenger WikiMedia

a "queen's messenger" british passport:
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for the netherlands, they also published what they look like inside:
Diplomatic passport - Basisadministratie Persoonsgegevens en Reisdocumenten

the article:
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Old 10-02-2017, 01:28 AM
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do you think William and Harry get fingerprinted when they go to America like us mere prebs do? Does the Queen? I understand she hasn't even got a passport! I always wondered about US immigration for the royals.

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Old 10-02-2017, 05:22 PM
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I believe there are other arrangements made for when royals travel to the US - does anyone else know?
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Old 10-02-2017, 05:48 PM
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Not sure how accurate but this article from 2014 has some information--

8 secrets of how the royals travel

and this official post about passports--
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Old 10-04-2017, 08:23 AM
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When you enter the US with a diplomatic passport, you don't get fingerprinted though depending on the Immigration officer, you could be asked to have one finger be fingerprinted but never all.

For royals, I'm sure they dont get fingerprinted with a diplo passport.

I wonder how many of them or until which member of the family travel with one though, it should only be the ones who engage in official work. Otherwise, they can use regular ppts for vacations and diplo or official ppts for work.
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Old 10-04-2017, 11:29 AM
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Just curious if non-EU people who marry into the royal family have to go through the same process that my American husband had to go through to be allowed to live in the UK. In his case, because we got married here and not America, he needed a Fiance visa, then a Souse visa, then permanent residency, officially called Indefinite leave to Remain, then, last year, he became a citizen. I am assuming that somebody like Autumn Phillips would have had to do the same. It's harder now, the amount of money you have to have is a lot more since 2012, in fact if the British spouse hasn't got an income of at least £18600, you need £62500 savings. Not that this would be a problem for someone like Harry and Meghan. The Spouse visa is two stages now too, first one for 2.5 years, then another 2.5 years to permanent residency. And to marry in the UK Meghan would need the extra step of the Fiance visa. At least the couple will have people to advise them.
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Old 01-21-2018, 10:13 PM
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do you think William and Harry get fingerprinted when they go to America like us mere prebs do? Does the Queen? I understand she hasn't even got a passport! I always wondered about US immigration for the royals.
Holders of diplomatic passports are normally exempted from fingerprinting upon entry in the US.

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