This one, from the Daily Mail, has me scratching my head.
Can we see your documents please, Your Majesty… Queen faces anti-terror checks every time she leaves UK
By Jason Lewis, Mail on Sunday Security Editor
Last updated at 10:08 PM on 05th December 2009
The Queen is to be forced to go through an identity check every time she flies into and out of Britain.
For the first time, Her Majesty will be compelled to give her full name, age, address, nationality, gender and place of birth to immigration officials, who will then check that she is not on a list of wanted terrorists. [The Brits have yet another thing in common with their American cousins! They are suspicious of 80 yr old grandmothers at airports.]
Foreign heads of state, including US President Barack Obama, and other members of the Royal Family will also have to submit to the security checks under new border controls, called e-Borders.
It is unclear how the Queen will be asked for her personal information as she is not required to carry a passport and would normally be met off the aircraft by her chauffeur-driven car. The new system asks for a passport number, expiry date and details of where the passport was issued.
Buckingham Palace has been warned that the Queen will not be exempt from providing ‘Travel Document Information’ (TDI), which will then be uploaded on to the £750million computer system at the National Border Targeting Centre near Manchester Airport.
I hope she will have to go through the horrible passport check line at Gatwick at least once.
Too bad the old passport office in Petty France isn’t still in action. Her Majesty could stop in for a pint at the Buckingham Arms after filling out her royal paper work and approving her own passport.