The Duke of Norfolk, 65, will stand trial in August accused of using a mobile phone while driving a BMW in south-west London
- Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, 65, allegedly drove while using a phone in April
- He was made a Knight Grand Cross in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
- As Earl Marshal, he organizes major events such as coronations and funerals
- He owns the historic building of Arundel Castle which dates back to the 11th century
The Duke of Norfolk is due to stand trial in August after being charged with using a mobile phone while driving.
The Duke of Norfolk aka Edward William Fitzalan-Howard hosts major state events
The Duke, 65, whose full name is Edward William Fitzalan-Howard, reportedly drove a BMW on April 7 on Battersea Park Road in south-west London.
He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) for services to the monarchy in honors announced in June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Under his hereditary title Earl Marshal which dates back to the 16th century, he is responsible for organizing major state events such as coronations and state funerals.
This means that on the death of the Sovereign, he will organize the funeral as well as the accession and coronation of the new monarch.
He appeared as Edward William, Duke of Norfolk on a list from a magistrate’s court in May with his address listed as Arundel Castle in West Sussex.
Arundel Medieval Castle dates back to 1067 but has been restored since it was built in the reign of Edward the Confessor just after the Norman Conquest.
The prosecution said that shortly before 4:15 p.m. he was driving a BMW “while using a hand-held device … namely a mobile device”.
Battersea Park Road in South West London where the alleged incident took place
Arundel Castle which was once home to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard
The offense falls under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and Schedule 2 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.
An official at Bromley Magistrates’ Court has confirmed that a summons has been issued for a trial to take place on August 4 at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.