Driven through a red light: Charles’ coronation planner loses his driver’s license
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Driven through a red light
Charles’ coronation planner loses driver’s license
09/26/2022, 9:29 PM
For 20 years, the Duke of Norfolk has been organizing the Queen’s state funeral. Now he should also be responsible for the coronation of King Charles. However, a court does not see this as a reason to let him get away with a repeated traffic violation.
The organizer of the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II will have to leave his car for the foreseeable future. A London court has imposed a six-month driving ban on Edward Fitzalan-Howard, Duke of Norfolk, after pleading guilty to running a red light on his BMW while his mobile phone was in use on April 7. The nobleman’s lawyers had asked for the ban to be lifted because of the duke’s role in organizing the coronation of King Charles III. not to perform.
Fitzalan-Howard is the oldest Duke of England and also holds the title of Earl Marshal. Due to two previous speeding violations, he was subject to a mandatory driving ban after the most recent violation. However, the 65-year-old’s lawyer, Natasha Dardashti, tried to convince the judges of the importance of the Duke’s mobility. It is an “extremely special situation” because Fitzalan-Howard is “responsible for the coronation of His Royal Highness King Charles III.” that is expected for the coming year.
“Not an exceptional emergency”
Dardashti argued that her client, as Count Marshal, played a “very, very” important role in the coronation and would be in an “extraordinary situation” if a driving ban were imposed on him. But the judges rejected this argument. While this is a special case and the driving ban will be a nuisance, “we don’t see an exceptional emergency,” said chairman Judith Wray.
Fitzalan-Howard was responsible for organizing the funeral service for Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey a week ago. Heads of state and government from around the world, as well as representatives of royal families and the British Royal Family attended the state funeral. The Duke has hosted the funeral for the past 20 years.