A relative of the Queen has been banned from driving after she was caught speeding in her £50,000 Porsche Macan three times in just 10 days.
Lady Tatiana Mountbatten, 29, who is a second cousin of the monarch, pleaded that losing her licence would cause her "significant hardship" but was barred from being behind the wheel for six months.
The equestrian specialist, who lives in Knightsbridge, London, was caught on speed cameras a 60mph limit enforced on the M4 near Heston Service station, Lavender Hill magistrates heard.
She appeared in court wearing a silk scarf under a designer coat to be given the driving ban for reaching 12 penalty points on her licence and was ordered to pay £565.
Mark Haslam, defending, said: "The defendant already has points on her licence as you will appreciate, although these are matters, matters in us the was unlawfully speeding.
"Even with the points that she must give in each case three going in exceed the 12 points.
"She is eligible for the totting up disqualification.
"I want to make it quite clear, there is going to be significant hardship.
"But in the over all picture in instructions this that I have received that whilst there will be that hardship, it will be in a more professional sense.
"That is the purpose of the disqualification for someone in her position, I understand it's a lesson to those who speed in this way.
"I don't want the court to take the view that this is someone who was driving around ignoring the speed limit, it was three times within a very short space of time.
"There had been a reduction in the speed limit from 70 to 60, of course in accepting that is that defendant's responsibility to take that on board.'
Lady Tatiana was recorded driving her 2018 Porsche Macan at 70, 71 and 70 mph between March 6 and 10 this year.
She rides every morning in Windsor and drives to London to run her business horsehub.com, according to her website.
Lady Tatiana wrote in mitigation: "I use my car to drive to work every day. Seven days a week".
She is the daughter of Lord Milford Haven, who is a cousin of the Queen's.
Her car is a 2018 plate and the Macan model retails at roughly around £50,000 brand new.
Regarding her dressage career, personal website reads: "All you really need to know is that I spend every day doing what I love more than anything in the world; riding horses.
"I'm professional dressage rider based in Windsor.
Here, I train a couple of my own horses and some horses which have been put in training with me by some wonderful people who have trusted me with the education and career of their horse.
"I hold monthly dressage clinics at home in West Sussex, Great Trippetts Polo Club to be more precise."
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