The Queen's cousin asks to be spared driving ban as it will prevent her travelling to equestrian events

Telegraph 2 months ago

A distant cousin of the Queen has asked to be spared a driving ban as it will prevent her being able to travel to equestrian events.

Lady Tatiana Mountbatten could lose her licence after she was caught speeding in her Porche three times on the same road in just 10 days. 

The equestrian pleaded guilty to all three speeding offences by post, but in paperwork submitted to the court she plans to argue she will suffer “exceptional hardship” if she is banned. 

The 29-year-old has claimed that she needs to be able to drive as part of her job as a dressage rider.

She was due to appear at Lavender Hill Magistrates court yesterday (WEDS), but asked for the hearing to be delayed so that all three offences could be dealt with on the same day.

Lady Tatiana, is a distant cousin of the Queen. She is the great, great granddaughter of Louis Mountbatten, the 1st Marquess of Milford Haven, who died in 1921 and was Prince Philip’s grandfather.

She is a professional dressage rider and horse trainer, who is currently training under Olympian Charlotte Dujardin.

On March 1 her car was clocked driving at 70mph in a 60mph zone on the M4 near the Heston service station.

It was then spotted again on March 6 travelling at 71mph and once more on March 10 at 70mph.

Magistrate John Soones said the court would adjourn her case for all matters to be dealt with on the 6th of December at 11am.

“The interests of justice are more likely to be served by all three matters being listed together,” he said.

Lady Tatiana, of Lennox Gardens, Chelsea, already has penalty points on her licence, and faces three added points for each offence which will take her over the 12-point limit, at which a ban is usually imposed.

She will be sentenced on 6 December at Lavender Hill Magistrates court.

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