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Q: The Queen ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   9 Comments )
Subject: The Queen
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jeraboo-ga
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Posted: 24 Oct 2006 22:01 PDT
Expires: 23 Nov 2006 21:01 PST
Question ID: 776616
Can the Queen of England commit a crime in the UK?
Subject: Re: The Queen
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 25 Oct 2006 01:54 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear jeraboo-ga,

It is the Royal Prerogative that ?the King (and Queen) can do no wrong
(for example the Queen cannot be prosecuted in her own courts)?
However, if the King or Queen did commit a crime then that would no
doubt cause a constitutional crisis and Parliament would flex its
muscles and change the constitution. But please note that there is no
single accepted definition of the prerogative, and as the British
constitution is not written in one document, and the royal prerogative
lies in ancient powers not tested in modern times, there is no
definitive answer as to what would happen.

These are the sources for this answers.

Commons Public Administration Select Committee report. 2002-3
Domestic Affairs
4. Although this is the area in which legislation has increasingly
been introduced thereby limiting the extent of the prerogative, some
significant aspects of the prerogative survive in the area of domestic
affairs. These include:
the King (and Queen) can do no wrong (for example the Queen cannot be
prosecuted in her own courts).?

You may find the wikipedia article of interest.

?The monarch is also immune from prosecution in the courts, though the
scope of the immunity that once attached to the Crown has reduced.
(The ostensible logic for this is that the Queen is present in all
courts and acts as the prosecuting authority in most criminal cases,
either directly or indirectly: she cannot therefore sue or prosecute
herself or judge her own case. However this logic can be said to be
flawed, because there appears no problem in judging her own cases as
prosecutor, or as claimant in civil litigation. The explanation most
commonly offered in texts on Crown immunity is that "the Queen can do
no wrong", and therefore cannot be held liable for breaches of
contract or in tort). In particular, several Acts of Parliament have
allowed agents of the Crown (i.e. government employees) to be sued in
the courts. The Queen's daughter, the Princess Royal actually has a
criminal record (for not keeping her dog under control).?

I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is
unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before
rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as
soon as I receive it.
Thank you

royal prerogative
jeraboo-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: The Queen
From: probonopublico-ga on 24 Oct 2006 22:11 PDT

In fact, all criminal prosecutions are made in her name.

So, a case of Queenie v Queenie would be no contest.

Case dismissed!
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: borisshah-ga on 24 Oct 2006 22:26 PDT
Ho wbaout if there was a King and then the Queen committed a crime? 
King vs. Queenie???
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: jeraboo-ga on 24 Oct 2006 22:31 PDT
Stop saying "Queenie" please.
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: probonopublico-ga on 24 Oct 2006 23:23 PDT
She would have her head chopped off and become a Ueenie.

Witness Ueenie Anne (ne้ Boleyn).
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: canadianhelper-ga on 25 Oct 2006 04:58 PDT
From the point of view of the Queen I am sure she is capable of commiting a crime.

I guess the question really was is she able to be charged.
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: nelson-ga on 25 Oct 2006 05:28 PDT
What's wrong with Queenie?  She's not God, you know.  Although I
believe Bryan is a subject so he might get a body part of Lizzie's
choice chopped off.
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: probonopublico-ga on 25 Oct 2006 05:42 PDT
This reminds me that Queen Mary (1867-1953), the Queen Consort of King
George V, had a reputation for being light fingered.

Whenever she visited one of her loyal subjects, the knowledgeable ones
locked up their valuables and hid the keys.

She was also careless when shopping, presumably expecting one of her
lackies to pick up the bill.
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: myoarin-ga on 25 Oct 2006 08:12 PDT
"Consorts" are not the head of state. Queen Mary and the late Queen
Mother were consorts, so theoretically they could be have been
charged, but most unlikely.

I don't believe the consort husband of a ruling queen has been awarded
the title of "king consort".  Those girls just don't give away
anything once they come to power.
Subject: Re: The Queen
From: kemlo-ga on 25 Oct 2006 10:33 PDT
Albert was Prince Concert

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