Queen Elizabeth believes she has a right to privacy as she goes about her royal business in public

The crackdown against photographers in the United Kingdom reached royal levels last week when police confiscated dozen of cameras from people trying to photograph the queen and her family as they walked down a public street.

It was the first time in decades this occurred.

Norfolk police later admitted it was a misunderstanding, claiming the royal family had nothing to do with the confiscation of cameras.

However, the incident occurred just weeks after Queen Elizabeth warned newspapers against photographing members of the royal family, stating they have the “right to privacy” when they are going about their “private lives” – in full view of the public.

The role of the royal family in the United Kingdom is largely ceremonial, meaning that their job is be photographed and adored by the public. In other words, they have an even lesser expectation of privacy when they are out in public.