Saturday, January 28

The organizer of the funeral of Isabel II is left without a driving license

State funeral for Elizabeth II held at Westminster Abbey on September 19. In the image, face of Edward Fitzalan-Howard, Duke of Norfolk. / Reuters

The Duke of Norfolk asked that the sanction be forgiven so as not to hinder his mission to crown Charles III

One of the main organizers of the funeral ceremonies for Queen Elizabeth II has been sanctioned with six months without driving a vehicle, despite the fact that he argued before the magistrates of a court in the London district of Wandsworth that his next mission – to organize the ceremony of coronation of Carlos III – would suffer a serious disorder without him at the wheel.

Anyone who accumulates nine points for two speeding penalties in the last three years should not talk on a mobile phone while passing a red light in front of a Police patrol. With the new sanction, six points, the Duke of Norfolk exceeds 12 in three years, and that entails the suspension of the driver’s license for six months.

The Norfolk family home is Arundel Castle in the south of England. According to ‘The Times’, the eighteenth duke alleged that, although he has money to pay a driver to take him from 9 in the morning to five in the afternoon, “or at four to see curlews or lapwings”, in the wetlands of Sussex near the castle, “it is almost impossible to have enough drivers for the task of taking me to the right place”.

The lawyer for the ‘premier duke and earl’ of the kingdom – one minute requires naming all their titles – tried to annul the suspension by appealing to the “exceptional hardship” it would cause her. But the magistrate presiding over the case must not be fond of bird watching. She, too, was unmoved by the suffering the duke anticipated if, as a result of the sanction, “nature collapsed” around the castle and he had to fire the tractor driver.

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The magistrates accepted the request to listen to him without public or press. According to the lawyer, Natasha Dardashti, the duke “must have mobility to organize a huge event.” He “must travel to every jurisdiction in the UK, talk to people and encourage them to take part in what will be another world spectacle.” Seldom has Dardashti’s sentence been heard in a traffic ticket dispute: “It is an extremely peculiar set of circumstances, at a crucial time in the history of this nation.”

The magistrates, who have presided over virtual trials during the time of the pandemic, were also not convinced by the private confessions of the duke, who is the lay head of English Catholicism. They were not known to the king, the prime minister, or the Archbishop of Canterbury, according to the lawyer. They maintained the suspension and fined him 900 euros. Readers of ‘The Times’ were proud that the law was applied to everyone in their country.

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