No Passport Needed Here…

Is it true that the queen of England isn’t required to have a passport when she visits other countries?

As the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, the commonwealth, and certain other countries that have since declared independence but decided they kind of like having the Queen on their money, Queen Elizabeth II enjoys a number of unique perks not bestowed on any of her subjects. These include being immune from prosecution from any crime she may happen to commit (justice is served in her name); she cannot be compelled to give evidence in court; she owns all of the dolphins, sturgeons and whales found in British waters (she also technically owns all mute swans found on open waters in Britain); she has the ability to declare war on any other nation if she so desires it; and, most pertinent to the present conversation, she doesn’t need a passport to travel abroad. So why not?

The answer lies in the fact that all British passports are issued in the Queen’s name. In fact, if you open up a British passport and turn to the first page, you will find a message that reads:

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.

In a nutshell, because a British passport is partially just a request from the Queen to allow one of her subjects to travel freely beyond the borders of her country, she doesn’t need one- she can just ask that in person.

We here at the Coloma Shuttle do not require you to present your passport or any other identifying papers. We feel that riding the shuttle is a privilege that ALL should have the opportunity to relish in. So don’t worry we won’t be turning you away because you don’t process the proper documents. But you should be advised that if you don’t book your seat on time we may have to turn you away due to the fact that there is no room in the shuttle for you.

And here we are in the middle of August. And yes we are still selling out on the weekends. We are getting a lot of questions like when are we shutting down for the season? Well here at the Coloma Shuttle we will continue to run on days that there is a guaranteed flow and when we have 4 or more riders booked per shuttle. Here is the current release schedule on Dreamflows.