First British passports issued with King’s name

The first British passports issued in King Charles’s name are being released this week, the Home Office has said.

Passports will now use the wording “His Majesty”, with the era finally ending for passports using “Her Majesty”, for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The last time “His Majesty” appeared on a passport was in the reign of King George VI, which ended in 1952.

Five million passports have been issued already this year under the name of the late Queen.

The one person who will not need a passport is the King himself. By convention the monarch does not have to carry a passport to travel, because it is a document issued in his own name.

The new passports will now carry the words: “His Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of His Majesty…”

But the previous “Her Majesty” passports will also continue to be valid until their expiry date.

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