The British aristocrat who organised Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral was banned from driving on Monday, regardless of arguing that he wanted his automotive to rearrange King Charles III’s coronation.
Edward Fitzalan-Howard, the duke of Norfolk, was banned for six months after pleading responsible at a magistrates’ court docket in London to utilizing his cell phone and operating a crimson mild whereas driving his BMW on April 7.
Fitzalan-Howard, the highest-ranking duke in England who additionally holds the title the Earl Marshal, had two earlier dashing offences in 2019 and confronted a obligatory ban after his newest prices.
The 65-year-old duke’s lawyer Natasha Dardashti requested the decide to not implement the ban as a consequence of his upcoming function in organising King Charles III’s coronation, anticipated subsequent 12 months.
“It is an extremely peculiar situation, whereby his grace, the duke of Norfolk… is now the person in the country who is responsible for the coronation of His Royal Highness King Charles III,” she mentioned.
The lawyer utilized for a behind-closed-doors listening to to listen to particulars of the argument as a consequence of potential nationwide safety points.
“Given it is such an odd situation, and his grace has such a very, very particular and important role in this national coronation of a new king, I would ask this court to sit in camera,” mentioned Dardashti.
But the bench of magistrates rejected the applying that he would endure “exceptional hardship” if he have been banned from the roads.
“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,” chairwoman of the bench, Judith Wray, mentioned.
“The hardship needs to be exceptional and although we find inconvenience may be caused, we don’t find it exceptional hardship.”
Fitzalan-Howard was accountable for gathering 2,000 folks, together with world leaders and overseas royals, at London’s Westminster Abbey final Monday for the queen’s funeral, which he spent 20 years organising.
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