Recent rulings against Edward Fitzalan-Howard will make it much harder for him to plan King CharlesThe coronation ceremony is about to take place.
Fitzalan-Howard, who is also known as the Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, pleaded guilty in a London courtroom on Monday to using his mobile phone while driving. ITV News reports that the royal was driving his BMW in the Battersea district of south London this spring when he was distracted by his phone and ran a red light. Using a hand-held mobile device while driving is against the law in the UK.
When pulled over by police, the Duke told officers at the time that he was “not aware of running a red light but accepted this was because he was using his mobile phone”. , adding that he used it to talk to his wife. Fitzalan-Howard also apparently tried to make the case that his license shouldn’t be revoked because that violation of being unable to drive would put him in “particular difficulty” due to the fact that he currently are planning for the upcoming coronation of King Charles. The date for that royal ceremony has yet to be announced but it is expected to be held next year. Earl Marshal is also in charge of planning Queen Elizabeth State Funeral took place last Monday.
Follow BBC, according to the Duke’s statement, the Lavender Hill Magistrates Court added six points to his license and banned him from driving for the next six months because he already had nine penalty points on his driver’s license for a violation. previous speeding. He was also fined about $850 and will have to pay an additional $425 in additional costs. Judge’s chair Judith Way said in their ruling, “We accept that this is a unique case because of the defendant’s role in society and in particular in relation to the King’s coronation. The difficulty should be special and although we recognize the inconvenience it can cause, we do not see it as particularly difficult. “
The title of Earl Marshal, the highest-ranking duke in England, has been passed down through the Fitzalan-Howard family for 350 years. He inherited the kingship from his father, Miles Fitzalan-Howard, upon his death in 2002. This unique role in the royal family comes with great responsibility in planning all the ceremonies. major events, including state funerals, coronation and the opening of the National Assembly. Time previously reported that the Duke of Norfolk had been planning Queen Elizabeth’s funeral for 20 years before her death. He told the outlet, “It’s all pretty scary, but you have to increase your chances. I have an incredible team, but that stopped for me.”
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