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Royal Court: She has special access

Princess Madeleine to get hit with traffic fine

Updated onsdag 5 juni 2013 kl 19.34
Published onsdag 5 juni 2013 kl 16.19
Princess Madeleine and her husband-to-be, Chris O'Neill. Photo: Anders Wiklund / Scanpix

Princess Madeleine will be fined by Stockholm police after jumping to the head of a line and then driving in a bus lane just outside the Stockholm Royal Palace on Tuesday, reports the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. At first police released her with no fine, Aftonbladet reports, because she had claimed she had immunity from prosecution. But the Royal Court now says Princess Madeleine does have special access to the bus lane and that she only claimed to police that she was allowed to drive there.

"We're now going to write out a ticket for SEK 1,000," said Lars Lindholm, a police officer for the subway unit, to Aftonbladet.

Aftonbladet reports that police set up a traffic check on a street next to the Stockholm Royal Palace on Tuesday. Aftonbladet reports that after a few minutes a Volvo XC60 drove up in the bus lane, in the direction of the palace. Princess Madeleine, who is to be wed on Saturday, was driving the car.

Sources tell Aftonbladet that after she was stopped, she showed police papers and claimed that she was immune from prosecution.

"I can't answer for that, but the police officer who stopped her was unsure about the immunity rules, if it applied to the entire Royal family," Lindholm says.

He says after double checking the rule books, they learned that immunity only applies to heads of state and thus not the Princess. Lindholm says police will now file a report.

But the Royal Court says Princess Madeleine and all members of the Royal family have special permission to drive in that lane. Bertil Ternert, the Royal family's press spokesperson, says the police need to investigate exactly what happened.

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