Babies need a passport?!

Remember when you first went on holiday and you were on your mum or dad's passport (until you went on the school ski trip and needed to get your own)?!

GONE are those days.

Your baby now needs their own passport, complete with photo.

Even if they'll be travelling with their parents at all times? Yep.
Even if they're only 1 week old when travelling? Yep.
Even if the photo will be out of date in about a week? Yep.

This brings about the hilarious right of passage - taking your baby's passport photo.

MC looks pretty good in photos (at least think TP and I) so I thought this would be a doddle.

Her Majesty's Passport Office, in their wisdom, insist on the following requirements for your passport photo:

In your photo, you must:

  1. be facing forwards and looking straight at the camera
  2. have a plain expression and your mouth closed
  3. have your eyes open and visible
  4. not have hair in front of your eyes
  5. not have a head covering (unless it’s for religious or medical reasons)
  6. not have anything covering your face
  7. not have any shadows on your face or behind you
  8. children must be on their own in the picture
  9. babies must not be holding toys or using dummies
If you're a week old though, Her Majesty cuts you some slack (indicated by the crossed out items above).

Simples. Right?

Apparently not:

The most ridiculous thing is, one of the above photos is now MC's actual passport photo! UNTIL SHE IS FIVE YEARS OLD!

Imagine that, she'll be on her first school trip and getting abused by her chums for looking like an angry Grant Mitchell.

Oh well, at least Blighty is safe.