Prince Louis: Does Kate Middleton’s third child have his own baby passport?

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and her husband Prince William already have two children, Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, who have already travelled abroad several times despite their tender ages. This year they welcomed a third child, Prince Louis.

George has been to both Australia and New Zealand in 2014 and joined his sister Charlotte in Canada in 2016 and Poland and Germany last year on various royal tours.

However, despite being in the royal family, all of the children require passports.

It’s only the Queen that doesn’t need to carry a passport. “As a British passport is issued in the name of Her Majesty, it is unnecessary for The Queen to possess one,” the Royal website says.

Louis’ older brother George acquired his passport in September 2013 ahead of the family tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The passport cost £46 and enabled the Prince to travel to the other side of the world with his parents.

So will Louis also have his own baby passport? If he travels abroad he needs one as it became compulsory for children to have their own passports – separate from their parents – in 2018.

Given the whole Cambridge family recently enjoyed a summer holiday in Mustique, Louis must indeed have his own passport.

According to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office a passport for a child under 16 is now £49.

It’s understood the three children of William and Kate were also being looked after by their grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton while they were in Mustique.

Unlike their previous trips to Australia and Canada with their children, the trip to Mustique earlier this month was a private holiday and not a royal tour.

This means paparazzi and Royal spectators were unable to snap any photos of the Royal family, due to strict regulations on the exclusive Caribbean island.

Mustique’s official website says: “Every island visitor is registered with our security team before arriving on the island by land, air or sea, whether staff, local islander or guest.

“This ensures the security team know who is on the island at any one time.”

It is unclear when Prince Louis can put his new passport to use for his first royal tour.

If he travels to certain countries on future trips he will need a visa to travel.

Despite their privileged status in the UK, all members of the royal family still have to travel with a passport and be subjected to the usual security checks, which includes visas, if they travel to countries that require them. 

All members of the royal family must go through immigration control when travelling through the airport.

However, in certain situations, the royal family are allowed to cut corners when it comes to applying for visas.

For instance in Australia, they can be granted a Special Purpose Visa.

According to the Australian government’s Department of Home Affairs, “This visa allows people with a prescribed status or who are declared by the Minister to hold a Special Purpose Visa to lawfully enter and remain in Australia.

You cannot apply for this visa. It is granted when you enter Australia if you are “a member of the Royal Family (that is, the Queen’s immediate family) or their personal staff or media representative or a person accompanying them as a member of their official party.”

Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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