Interfering with the mail or sleeping with the consort of the Queen is classed as treason, and as such, carries the death penalty.

  • Lewis

    There are no offenses which carry the death penalty in the UK

  • Jack

    It’s quite obvious that a lot of these laws are really old and outdated. I guess they never got around to getting rid of them (if they already haven’t) or they just plain forgot about them. Or they’re not seen as legally binding anymore.

  • Marozia

    If that’s the case, then there may be quite a few women who would be deceased as I’ve heard that the consort is quite a ladies man.

  • Simon Atford

    Used to be true but the death penalty for treason was abolished in 1998.

  • Brian Steele

    Interfering with the mail is a serious offence, but not treason. I believe sleeping with the monarch’s consort is still treason, but it would haev ceased to be a capital offence in, I think, 1969, when the death penalty was finally repealed for treason.

  • Helen

    LOL! Shagging the King’s missus constituted lesse majeste (an offence against the Crown) in the time when women were generally viewed as the property of men. I dont believe there ever was an offence of being the King’s mistress – even Henry VIII only cut off the heads of his wives. There’s an obvious reason – if the Queen plays away, who knows who fathered the heir to the throne. If the King plays away, he’s proving what a man he is.

    Interfering with the post carries a maximum sentence of 2 years in jail. Usually the sentence for theft (the usual reason for poking around in someone else’s mail) exceeds that anyway.

    The thing about sticking the Queen’s head on the stamp the wrong way up is an urban myth.

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  • Andy J

    I have to agree with Brian, these might once have been true but are no longer true, especially as ratification of the European Human Rights act has abolished the death penalty.