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It was the UK Government that approved that Bermudians could have, on application, a UK passport and be treated as full UK nationals in every other way, but that Britons in Bermuda who are not also Bermudian would not have reciprocal rights.
For much of the last century it was given to a senior British UK military officer on retirement, or a politician who had held senior office.
Bermuda has chosen not to be treated as one of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) of the European Union (EU).
In one respect, while Bermuda may be deemed an OCT because it is placed on Annex II of the EC Treaty (and on a similar annex to the EU Constitution), it does not fall under the scope of the OCT Decisions that the Council takes.
Bermuda, only 21 square miles or 58 kilometers in total land area, is a British Overseas Territory (BOT) but different from other BOTS in two main ways.
The Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda (see next paragraph) is appointed by The Queen (on the advice of the British Government in London) after consultation with the Premier of Bermuda. It is for the upkeep of Government House and its 30-plus pristine acres and for the Governor and Deputy Governor's salary and their cars, their security, their travel, their housekeepers, their domestic staff and their accommodation.
The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office ( FCO) administers Bermuda internationally but in all other matters Bermuda is a self-governing British Overseas Territory (BOT), 3,076 miles from London, one of the 14 BOTS worldwide. UK Statutory Instruments Applicable to Bermuda as a BOT. The FCO is represented in Bermuda by His Excellency the Governor and Deputy Governor, Government House, 11 Langton Hill, Pembroke HM 13. But in other ways, Bermuda benefits hugely from this, in ways far more strategically important as well as financial.
British officials in Britain and the USA are helpful in Bermuda's affairs.
Uniforms for the Governor are made in London by Davies & Sons.
They include a full dress blue and tropical cotton drill.