Given that online bill paying is so common nowadays, writing checks is not something many people do. It is widely considered old-fashioned and no on even thinks of it as a preferred way of paying anymore. People would rather go for a debit card, a mobile app, or any other form of online paying. Queen Elizabeth II is among those people who do not write checks, but not for the same reasons. In her case, writing checks is not so much inconvenient as is problematic for other reasons.
Namely, the Queen is aware that, even if she were to write checks, no one would ever cash them. Think about that for a moment. It’s more likely that people would save those checks as mementos, right? Naturally, they would have to have her signature on, which would be a perfect way to get the Queen’s autograph, or, to be more precise, the only way to do so since no member of the royal family is allowed to give autographs. Even though that would make many people happy, it could cause some rather significant problems for the royals and their banking records.
Queen Elizabeth knows very well how much of a problem cashing checks can be after what had happened to her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She had written out checks, and many of them, which eventually lead to an overdraft of £2 million after her death. Her daughter then had to settle it, so now she knows better.
So, to avoid similar mishaps, Queen Elizabeth II simply doesn’t write checks, and she doesn’t use Venmo, either. Thus, in case you were hoping you could get a screenshot of her transaction and get a couple of grands for it, forget about it. The Queen is too careful to let something like that happen.