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.