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Police barred from searching the Queen’s private residence for stolen artefacts

Police have been barred from looking for potentially stolen artifacts in the Queen’s private home under a new immunity clause.

Police are not allowed to search the Queen’s private estates for potentially stolen artifacts after the British royal was given a special exemption under the law.

The immunity clause is understood to have been made before the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act became law in the UK in 2017. The law was introduced to protect the world’s cultural heritage from looting, theft, and destruction.

The law seeks to safeguard against future wars and restricts destruction items such as artworks, monuments, and important archaeological or historical sites.

As revealed by The Guardian, police are banned from searching Buckingham Palace or her estate in Sandringham for any artifacts. A spokesperson for the Queen dismissed any suggestion there may be stolen or looted items in her private homes.

The exemption was uncovered through a Freedom of Information request. Queen Elizabeth II and the potential power she can wield have been in the spotlight lately. It was revealed in February that the royal had secretly lobbied ministers to change draft legislation.

In one example, uncovered by The Guardian, the Queen lobbied for a bill to be amended so that her “embarrassing” private wealth could be kept confidential.

Following that revelation, a petition was started calling for an investigation into the Queen’s “worrying and undemocratic ability to influence the government behind closed doors”. More than 60,000 people have signed the petition.

The decision to grant the Queen an exemption from the Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Act was revealed in a 2016 letter written by the UK’s then-culture secretary John Whittingdale.

Mr. Whittingdale explained in the letter, which was addressed to the Queen and sent to Buckingham Palace, that the draft law would include “measures that established new powers of entry upon the land and thereby affects the interests of the crown”.

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