Safety first! Queen Elizabeth was reported to the police for not wearing her seatbelt as she traveled to the State Opening of Parliament in her official car last month. West Yorkshire Police said they had received a 999 call — which is the emergency telephone number in the United Kingdom — from a member of the public who noticed that Her Majesty was not strapped in as she drove through London with her son, Prince Charles. The police confirmed the news in a tweet that read: "999 call received reporting that the Queen isn't wearing a seatbelt #not999 #notevenwestyorkshire."
Princes William and Harry's grandmother was reported to police for not using her seatbelt Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images
Under UK law, it is compulsory to wear a seatbelt if one is fitted, but the Queen is immune from any civil or criminal proceedings. A statement on the British Monarchy website states: "The Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law."
Tom Donohoe of West Yorkshire Police said all too often 999 calls were made for non-emergencies. "I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only," he said, adding that the force typically received more than 1,000 emergency calls a day. West Yorkshire Police previously published a list of inappropriate 999 calls it has received – including someone complaining about a fly in their bedroom, and a request for a spare tire.