The Duke of Norfolk, the aristocrat who arranged Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, appeared on Monday to try to avoid a license suspension with an unconventional argument: He needs his car to prepare for the coronation of King Charles III.
Edward Fitzalan-Howard pleaded guilty in court in London on Monday to using his mobile phone and running a red light while driving on April 7.
The Duke of Norfolk, England's highest-ranking and Earl Marshal, has already had two speeding tickets in 2019 and faces a driving ban.
But Natasha Dardashti, the 65-year-old Duke's lawyer, said she would ask the judge not to enforce the ban because of her role in the new king's coronation ceremony, which is due to take place next year. < /p>
The Duke of Norfolk is indeed responsible for organizing state and royal funerals, as well as the coronations of monarchs at Westminster Abbey.
“This is an extremely special situation, where his grace, the Duke of Norfolk (…) is now the person who is responsible for the coronation “of King Charles III, she pleaded.
The lawyer asked that details of the argument remain private due to potential national security concerns.
“Since this is such a strange situation, and his grace has such a special and so important in this national coronation of a new king, I will ask the Court to sit behind closed doors,” said Natasha Dardashti.
Edward Fitzalan-Howard was responsible for arranging the funeral of Elizabeth II for whom 2000 people, including foreign heads of state and members of royal families, gathered at Westminster Abbey in London on 1 September 9. The Duke of Norfolk had spent twenty years organizing this ceremony.