Can you insult the royal family?
Articles 490 and 491 of the criminal code govern lèse-majesté.
Any person who defames or insults the king, the queen, their ancestors or their descendants can be imprisoned for up to two years..
Is the royal family exempt from the law?
The Queen can’t be arrested or be the subject of civil and criminal proceedings, meaning she is effectively exempt from the law. The Queen enjoys sovereign immunity, meaning she can’t be prosecuted under a civil or criminal investigation.
What happens if the royal family break the law?
While the Royal Family is not above the law, the official royal website says civil and criminal proceedings “cannot be taken against the Sovereign as a person under UK law.” This essentially means the law does not apply to the Queen and if she were to break it, she could not be charged for her wrongdoing.
Which Royal has a criminal record?
Princess Anne guilty over dog attack. The Princess Royal today became the first member of the royal family to be convicted of a criminal offence as she pleaded guilty to a charge under the dangerous dogs act.
Can the royal family be overthrown?
The Royal family is not in power over the government. Their status is determined by the democratically elected government. There is nothing to overthrow. If the people really opposed the monarchy, they need only direct their elected officials to change the legal status of the monarchy.