These Are The Most Expensive Things Queen Elizabeth II Owns

Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne longer than any monarch. At the grand age of 94, Elizabeth Windsor has managed to amass a seriously impressive collection of royal artifacts, but her interesting possessions don’t end there. In fact, some of Her Majesty’s most intriguing accessories go beyond the odd {{TPR:Kate Spade)) purse.

Much of the Queen’s holdings date back generations into the deepest origins of the royal family. And while a major percentage of these holdings comprise of valuable real estate holdings, you might be surprised to learn about some of the Queen’s intriguing (and far less-known) assets.

Did you know that the Crown holds the right to all of the dolphins in the United Kingdom, or that Liz is the proud owner of every single swan on the River Thames? It doesn’t stop there, either. Read on to see what Queen Elizabeth II has hidden in her gilded closet.

1. The British Seabed
Owned Since: 1066
Valued At: Over $100 billion*

Just like how Queen Elizabeth II owns a good portion of the U.K.’s coastline, she also owns the British Seabed. The British Seabed has been around since 1,066 A.D. when the Norman Conquest first established the territory. Because the Queen owns the seabed (consisting of both the ocean floor and the ground under the sea), she also owns all the lucrative mining rights to the area.

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One former Prime Minister estimated that drilling under the seabed could be worth $60 billion alone. These profits come in addition to the windfall from the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, located in the North Sea off the coast of Kent.

These valuable natural resources aside, this is one of the more interesting examples of personally-owned undersea territory known. While its initial value may not have been obvious in 1066, clearly it’s a holding that’s paid off big time in the millennium since.

2. 150,000 Works of Art
Owned Since: 17th Century
Valued At: $10 billion*

King Charles I first started to collect art back in the 17th century. As each new sovereign came into power, the collection passed to them. It contains over 150,000 pieces, some by the most notorious painters in history, like Raphael and Rembrandt.

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Many different outlets have reported on Queen Elizabeth II’s impressive art collection, including ViacomCBS. Back in 2012 Liz was given more works to add to her trove by the Royal Academy of Arts to celebrate 60 years as England’s monarch. This transaction hit headlines across the world as it added even more value to the $10 billion-dollar collection.

Known colloquially as the Royal Collection, this incredible gallery includes original works throughout the ages, including pieces by Peter Paul Rubens, Fans Hals, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt (his most beloved self-portrait, in fact).

3. Six Royal Residences
Owned Since: Late 11th Century (Windsor Castle)
Valued At: $18 billion*

It’s hard to put a price tag on the Queen’s royal residences. There are six in all, including Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyrood Palace, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham Estate, and Hillsborough Castle. Holyrood is the Queen’s Scottish residence, while Sandringham is the holiday home and Hillsborough the Irish residence.

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Buckingham Palace is, undoubtedly, the headquarters. Windsor Castle serves as the Queen’s country home, while Balmoral is where the Queen stays during the summer. According to Town and Country Magazine, Balmoral is the Queen’s favorite home. The Queen has stayed there throughout 2020, and she is not expected to return to her Buckingham headquarters this year.

Additionally, many of the Queen’s other real estate holdings served as formal Royal Residencies in the past as well. Though in most cases (like the Tower of London) they’ve since become historical landmarks and no longer serve as actual living quarters.

4. Three Shopping Centers
Owned Since: Unknown
Valued At: Over $2 billion*

The Crown Estate has many different aspects to its portfolio, and one such section is the “retail and leisure” real estate, which includes, among other holdings, three shopping centers. That’s right, the Queen can shop whenever she wants. The retail portfolio is impressive, with over $2 billion coming from retail.

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The Crown Estate estimates that its retail centers have seen over 100 million shoppers in just the past year. There are seventeen “retail and leisure” hotspots at these shopping centers. The total land owned works out to 7 million square feet. According to the Crown Estate, ten percent of the portfolio is still “under development,” meaning that these numbers are likely to increase.

This is one area where the Queen’s holdings consistently grow and gain value as the years go by. The shopping centers themselves pay a handsome premium to set up shop on royal territory, adding even more value to the Crown Estate.

5. All the Swans on the River Thames
Owned Since: 15th Century
Valued At: $130,000*

While the Queen was born in 1926, her right to own all the swans floating on the River Thames dates way back to the 15th Century. In fact, Her Majesty actually owns all of the “unclaimed mute swans” on any water throughout England and Wales, according to Google.

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The Queen is only concerned about the ones on the Thames, though. At last count, there were 437 of the regal white ducks on the stretch of water. Considering a swan will set you back around $300 to buy, this little nest egg is worth around $130,000.

Hundreds of years ago, this would’ve been one of the Royal Family’s most impressive portfolios, as swans used to be a delicacy for high-class Brits back in the day. Today, thankfully, this is no longer the case. In fact, the Queen conducts an annual count of all the swans to make sure their numbers are still strong.

6. 1333 Diamond Tiara
Owned Since: 1953
Valued At: $700,000*

With over 1333 diamonds, the famous Diamond Diadem tiara was made at a cost of $8,216 in 1820 by Rundell & Bridge. George IV had charged the designers with making this glittering headpiece. While George wore it himself, it became more famous as one of Queen Victoria’s pieces. Queen Elizabeth II wore it as part of her coronation in 1953.

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Worth an estimated $700,000 in today’s money, it’s enough to turn Tiffany’s green with envy. It’s one of the most expensive pieces of jewelry in the Queen’s entire grand collection. The diadem had become almost synonymous with Elizabeth. She is wearing it on stamps and banknotes used in all of the Commonwealth territories.

Historians will quickly recognize this crown from countless depictions of the Royal Family over the generations. It’s the same diadem worn by Queen Adelaide and every Queen since. When it’s not adorning the royal head, the tiara can be found at Buckingham palace for public view.

7. A Team of Racehorses
Owned Since: 1940s
Valued At: $9 million*

Horse racing has long since been a prized tradition in Britain. Her Majesty has probably never had to hop online and place a bet on {{DKNG:DraftKings,}] but make no mistake – she knows about the world of gambling. Elizabeth first co-owned a racing horse in the 1940s with her mother but has since gone on to own several winning stallions.

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All in all, the Queen has won over 451 races and accumulated a fortune of $9 million from her prized horses. It’s thought that Liz has at least 30 horses actively working and always keeps a keen eye on any up and comers that are worthy of investment.

Horses, of course, have been a longtime tradition for many royal family members. Elizabeth began riding as a child (even receiving her first horse when she was four), and continues regularly riding even to this day.

8. The Tower of London
Owned Since: 1953
Valued At: $56 billion*

New York might have the Empire State building but can it really be compared to The Tower of London? It certainly doesn’t have quite as much history. Queen Elizabeth II is the rightful owner of the $56 billion-dollar asset thanks to her position on the throne. Technically, it belongs to whoever has the crown.

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The structure was first built back in 1078, but it became best-known for its history as a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries. Famous names such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Queen Elizabeth I before she took to the throne were held captive within its walls. Today, it’s a popular tourist destination.

Its iconic (and symbolic) status aside, the Tower also has immense historical significance. It once housed the Crown Jewels of England, and then was used as a royal residence by the Tudors. Famously, the Tower was transformed into a prison during both World Wars before being restored to its current prestigious state.

9. Regent Street
Owned Since: Date unknown
Valued At: $2 billion*

You can buy a property on Regent Street in London for just £200 in the British version of Hasbro’s Monopoly, but in real life, it would cost you a darn sight more. Thankfully for the Queen, she doesn’t have to worry about collecting her paper money. She already owns most of it.

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The Crown Estate has been the proud owner of the $2 billion slice of property for quite some time, although it’s not immediately clear when the deal was struck. It’s most likely a very old, long-standing agreement that predates Elizabeth herself.

Regent Street has since become one of the most important stretches of road in England – and not just because of all the excellent shopping opportunities it offers. Many of the buildings on the street are quite historic, constantly drawing floors of tourists year after year.

10. 50,000-acre Balmoral Estate in Northeast Scotland
Owned Since: 1451
Valued At: $140 million* (Balmoral Castle)

Rumored to be the Queen’s favorite residence, Balmoral Estate is her Scottish home. Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, the entire estate covers 50,000 acres. The Royal Family continues to add to it, and the Estate is certainly a working one. Balmoral has farmland, forestry, grouse moors, and managed herds of ponies, deer, and Highland cattle.

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Balmoral first appeared in the Crown’s records in 1451, when it was called “Bouchmorale.” The name was a combination of Gaelic and Welsh. Now, Balmoral Castle is one of the most impressive buildings in Scotland. The Castle, which is a classic example of baronial architecture, was finished in 1856.

The lot was famously bought by Prince Albert himself, who later helped the architect redesign the Balmoral property. Interestingly, the land itself isn’t in the Crown Estate’s portfolio; it is privately-owned by the Queen herself.

11. 20,000-acre Sandringham Estate in Norfolk
Owned Since: 1862
Valued At: $65 million* (House)

Located in Norfolk, England, the Sandringham Estate is Queen Elizabeth II’s country home. It has been around since the Elizabethan Era, when a large manor was built on the property. That was later torn down in the 1700s and replaced by a mansion for the owners, the Henleys. Sandringham changed hands throughout the years.

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It wasn’t until 1862 that the Estate fell into Royal hands. The King at the time was devoted to Sandringham, once writing in a letter to his mother that he was “so happy” there and “love[d] the place.” In 1977, Sandringham was opened to the public for the first time.

The lot was bought for the Prince of Wales as a wedding gift, taking three decades to fully construct the manor. Famously, this is also the site of King George V’s death (as well as his debut Christmas broadcast to the public).

12. The UK’s Continental Shelf
Owned Since: 1964 (Drilling Rights)
Valued At: $64 billion* (Oil)

A valuable natural resource (valued in the billions) that Queen Elizabeth II owns is the UKCS. The UK Continental Shelf consists of the waters around the UK. The Crown owns the mineral rights to this water, which covers the English Channel, Irish Sea, North Atlantic, and North Sea. There are huge oil and gas reserves in the UKCS.

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The BEIS’ Oil and Gas Authority is in charge of awarding contracts and licensing to oil companies. These companies are only allowed to drill in certain areas (the shelf is divided into rectangular quadrants). The companies are also subject to production limitations. And, of course, the Crown gets a cut.

Again, this is an intriguing (and somewhat rare) instance of ownership governing maritime property. While the land itself has been a part of the Crown Estate for generations, the drilling rights are a relatively new – and incredibly profitable – addition to the portfolio.

13. A Bat Colony
Owned Since: 2019
Valued At: Priceless

Out of all the things Her Majesty owns, from designer handbags to sprawling palaces, one of her favorite things is a bat colony that set up home in the main hall at Balmoral Castle. In 2019 reports surfaced that Elizabeth had found a new hobby that could have easily been inspired by the likes of the Discovery Channel.

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The winged creatures set up camp in the main hall at the Aberdeenshire estate, but instead of leaving it to the help to sort out, Elizabeth was actively involved. She reportedly enjoyed catching them in butterfly nets.

While the Queen’s royal employees regularly capture (and releases) the bats from the castle, the staff has been instructed to actually keep the windows to the home open – so that the bats can reenter the estate at their leisure, and the game of catch can continue.

14. An Estimated 6.6 Billion Acres of Land Worldwide
Owned Since: 1066
Valued At: $88 billion*

Queen Elizabeth II is the largest landholder in the world. Through her Crown Estate portfolio she personally owns 6.6 billion acres of land. King Abdullah, the runner-up, is billions of acres behind the Queen (owning just 547 million acres). The Queen is the monarch of thirty-two countries. She is the head of the Commonwealth for fifty-four countries.

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The Crown Estate portfolio returns its profits on the land to the Royal Treasury, though the Queen does get a nice 15% cut. If 6.6 billion acres doesn’t shock you, the fraction will—that is the equivalent of one-sixth of the Earth’s surface.

Many of these vast holdings include land that was bought (or otherwise acquired) during England’s colonization years. But the sheer amount of land the Crown owns in England alone is an astonishing portfolio all unto itself.

15. A Massive Faberge Egg Collection
Owned Since: 1900
Valued At: $200 million*

It’s no secret that many of us love to collect things, but some tastes are a little more refined than others. Faberge eggs can sell for upward of $33 million, but the Queen is holding on tight to her collection. Queen Alexandra and Edward VII started picking up pieces in 1900, eventually helping to form a supreme selection of over 600 pieces.

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Now the Queen is the rightful owner of the egg and accessory collection that is likely worth upward of $200 million. Different items can often be found on display at various locations, although they are always tightly guarded.

Many of the eggs were diplomatic gifts between the nations, with King George V being especially fond of receiving them. Many of the Crown’s most priceless Faberge eggs hail from Danish and Russian royalty for that very reason.

16. All of Scotland’s Gold Mines
Owned Since: Unknown
Valued At: $300 million+*

Some things that the Queen owns are so out of this world that it almost seems impossible to manage. Take for example the Crown’s right to all of the goldmines in Scotland. This is potentially a venture that could bring in excess of $300 million into the sovereign’s pocket, but does the Queen exercise her right to everything found there?

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It’s unlikely. Although many people have found gold nuggets in the past, not many of them have ever thought to clear it with Her Majesty before cashing in on their luck. As well as owning the rights to goldmines, the Crown also has a monopoly over Salmon fishing in Scotland, too.

It’s unclear exactly when the territory connected to these mines were added to the Royal Family’s real estate holdings. But records have shown mentions of gold findings for several hundred years already – not all of which ended up in the Crown Estate.

17. The World’s Largest Clear-Cut Diamond
Owned Since: 1910
Valued At: $51 million*

Most of us could only dream of having a diamond worth more than what we paid for our car, but can you imagine owning one worth a staggering $51 million? The Queen is the proud protector of the Great Star of Africa, a 530.2-carat diamond that is crystal clear and exquisitely rare.

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The diamond was first presented to Mary of Teck in 1910 before being used as part of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross which each monarch holds as part of their coronation. As big and as beautiful as it is, the diamond is rarely seen as it’s part of the Crown jewels.

Dubbed the Cullinan Diamond (after Thomas Cullinan, who chaired the mining firm that discovered it), the original stone took great effort to cut and split. But in the end, the original diamond delivered nine stunning stones that collectively add an incredible fortune to the Queen’s wealth.

18. Car Collection Worth More Than $10 Million
Owned Since: 1940s
Valued At: $10 million+*

Before the Queen was crowned in the ‘50s, she was busy making herself useful during World War II as a car mechanic and a truck driver. As a result, Liz has always been fond of cars and is quite partial to a nice custom job. Her car collection is thought to be worth over $10 million.

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Including her much-used Land Rover Defender, the Queen has been seen in three Rolls-Royces, a custom-built Range Rover, two luxury Bentleys, and an LWB Landaulet specially designed to feature an open-top, perfect for smiling at the masses as she passes by.

You might also be surprised to learn that even in her old age, the Queen is often spotted driving herself around town. While the Queen isn’t legally required to get a drivers license, most believe that her license from her time as a World War II aid truck driver still qualifies.

19. All the Dolphins in the United Kingdom
Owned Since: 1324
Valued At: Priceless

There have been some truly bizarre declarations from royals over the years, although not many decrees are made these days. Back in 1324, King Edward II made it known that “The king shall have the wreck of the sea throughout the realm, whales, and sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm, except in certain places privileged by the king.”

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In other words, the monarch will own all the dolphins in the United Kingdom. Amazingly, it’s still true today. Not only does the Queen own the whales and dolphins, but she’s also the proud owner of any porpoises.

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This certainly fits the Queen’s profile as an active animal lover. While she may not get to visit all those British porpoises as often as her swans and bats, many Royal confidants have suggested in the past that Elizabeth holds a special place in her heart for dolphins.

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20. Hyde Park
Owned Since: 1660
Valued At: $19 billion*

The Queen isn’t short of some beautiful expanses of greenery, from her sprawling estates to other parts of the UK. She also owns Hyde Park, situated in London. Amazingly, Hyde Park is worth an estimated $19 billion, making it a very lucrative slice of land.

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It was reclaimed by the monarchy back in 19660 and has remained one of the four Royal Parks around Kensington Palace ever since. Londoners use it as a place to socialize, while many concerts and other events also take place there. Considering how much land costs to buy in London, it’s hardly surprising it’s so expensive.

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Interesting, some of the very first motion pictures ever made were photographed close to Apsley Gate back in 1889. Ever since, Hyde Park has become a popular sight for countless films – including classics like Around the World in Eighty Days and modern hits like Johnny English.

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21. Two Tortoises From The Seychelles
Owned Since: 1972
Valued At: $20,000*

Most of us are partial to a pet or two, but we probably won’t ever own two giant Aldabra tortoises. The Queen was presented with two of the special animals when she visited the Seychelles back in 1972. They didn’t move in with her at Buckingham Palace but instead went to London Zoo.

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They lived there for some time before they were moved on to pastures new to spend the rest of their days. A baby Aldabra tortoise costs somewhere in the region of $10,000 to buy, making this a very expensive parting gift.

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One tortoise in particular (Jonathan) is an astonishing 188 years old – nearly breaking the current Guinness World record. His health hit a snag in 2015, but thankfully the Queen’s loyal vets were able to correct course with a solid plant-based diet. Jonathan has, however, been blind since birth – but thankfully he doesn’t seem to mind one bit!

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22. Two Black Jaguars
Owned Since: 1968
Valued At: $56,000*

The Queen owns two very rare black jaguar cats. They were given to her as a gift from the Prefect of Brazil. The jaguars are named Aizita and Marques, and they reside in the London Zoo, along with the other exotic animals that the queen has been gifted. The jaguars were gifted in 1968, along with a pet sloth named after the Queen.

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The elusive black jaguar is the rarest of all panthers. Only 600 exist in the wild because of hunting and habitat destruction. Only six percent of all jaguars are black, and they are found in dense vegetation.

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Due to the incredibly delicate nature of their needed ecosystems, a team of round-the-clock vets and animal experts are on payroll to make sure these two jaguars stay happy and healthy. But rest assured, these might be the rarest animals in the Queen’s collection of exotic animals.

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23. Offshore Wind Farm
Owned Since: 2010
Valued At: $900 million*

Not many people realize that the Crown actually owns several different renewable energy projects, including Kent’s Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. Her Majesty owns the British seabed, meaning anything erected on it is automatically hers. The wind farm popped up in 2010 and is situated just a few miles off of the coast.

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It’s valued at a staggering $900 million and was designed by Vestas Wind Systems. The Crown was keen to announce the project back in 2004 as part of a series of projects, but it wasn’t completed until six years later.

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Now up and running, analysts expect these wind farms to generate millions of dollars for the Queen. At its current rate of expansion, this is also shaping up to be the single biggest offshore wind farm on the planet.

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24. 200 Launer Handbags
Owned Since: 1950s
Valued At: $500,000*

Queen Elizabeth II can afford to buy whatever handbags she likes. She could drop a few thousand on designs by Ralph Lauren or Chanel, but they aren’t to Her Majesty’s taste. Instead, Liz prefers London-based designer Launer. Her mother first gifted her one back in the 1950s, kicking off a lifelong obsession.

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Now, the Queen has over 200 Launer handbags. Her favorite styles are the Royale and Traviata. Each one costs an eye-watering $2,500, making her collection incredibly costly and supremely valuable. She can often be seen with one of the purses nestled against her hip.

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In fact, the Queen has seemingly gone out of her way to immortalize her love of Launer bags. In some of her most famous, iconic photographs – including her meetings with American presidents like Clinton and Nixon – she can be seen with one at her side.

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25. Henry VIII’s Armor
Owned Since: 1540
Valued At: Priceless

As the lucky owner of the entire Royal Collection, Queen Elizabeth II owns a specially designed suit of armor that once belonged to Henry VIII. The armor dates back to the 1540s when Henry was starting to pack on a few extra pounds. As the king grew, so did the armor.

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It was eventually widened to fit the king as he descended into ill-health and obesity in his old age. It’s not clear just how much this cost Henry at the time, but now it’s a priceless artifact that says much more about the former king than any history book could possibly say.

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These days, the armor itself can be spotted in gallery exhibitions across the world. It’s often found in the Royal Armouries on display, but it’s also been invited to The Met. While Henry VIII had several suits of armor at his disposal, this is arguably the most iconic out there.

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26. A Private ATM
Owned Since: Unknown
Valued At: $8,000*

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Her Majesty doesn’t have to worry about running down to the local Bank of America ATM when she’s at Buckingham Palace. For a start, her bank of choice is Coutts, an ultra-exclusive ancient institution that has been around since 1692.

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Instead of sending out a butler with her card, the Queen just has to pop down into her basement to withdraw cash, although she rarely needs it anyway. It’s not known when Coutts installed the ATM into the London-based residence, but the machine itself likely cost about $8,000 – not including the money inside it.

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27. An Extra Birthday
Owned Since: 1748
Valued At: N/A

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This tradition might not seem that old, but it actually dates back to 1748. Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is April 21st. However, she also gets another birthday on the second Saturday in June. So why does the Queen have two birthdays? The notoriously unreliable British weather.

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The second birthday safeguards the annual outdoor parade; so if it’s raining on April 21st, the outdoor celebration for her birthday gets moved to June. This tradition dates back to the reign of King George II. British monarchs’ birthdays are a big deal (and a priceless one) that no one wants to miss due to the weather. Sadly, in 2020, the Queen’s birthdays are both canceled because of the pandemic.

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28. Half of the UK Shoreline
Owned Since: 1760
Valued At: Undisclosed

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When Elizabeth Windsor was crowned in 1953, a lot of things changed for her. Not only did she become the leader of an entire country and beyond, but she also inherited everything owned by the British Crown, including a large portion of coastline around Wales, England, and Northern Ireland.

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As a result, Liz owns over 50% of some of the most scenic spots in the entire UK. It’s impossible to put a price on an asset like this, but let’s just say it’s worth more than most of us would ever imagine or deem humanly possible. Even Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett would say it’s a wise investment.

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29. A Pair of Dorgis
Owned Since: 2007
Valued At: $800*

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Since ascending the throne, the Queen has famously owned more than thirty adorable Corgis. But did you know she also owns Dorgis? After the last of her purebred Corgis passed away, the Queen now owns just two Dorgis: Vulcan and Willow, who she has had since 2012. The pups have a very privileged life. They even have their own room in the palace, called the Corgi Room.

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They sleep in elevated wicker beds, and the Queen tends to them herself (or, she did when she was younger). The Queen even makes them special stockings at Christmastime, filling them with personalized toys and treats. When they die, the dogs are buried at the Royal Estate where they lived.

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30. Front Row At Wimbledon
Owned Since: 1922
Valued At: $222,000*

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For fans of Tennis, landing a seat in the Royal Box at Wimbledon is the Holy Grail of sporting events. Tickets aren’t available to buy. Instead, one must be invited into the inner sanctum by a member of royalty. Although the Queen doesn’t frequent the competition herself, Kate Middleton has been spotted taking in a match on several occasions.

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Front row seats at Wimbledon can go for almost $3,000. There are 74 seats in the Royal Box which is situated in the best position on the main court, marking its value somewhere in the region of $222,000.

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31. All of the Native Mussels and Oysters in Scotland
Owned Since: 1500s
Valued At: $600,000*

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The Crown Estate’s assets are worth over $250 million in Scotland. But in addition to owning gold mines, the Crown also owns something far less flashy: the rights to all of the native mussels and oysters in Scotland. There has been talk that the Crown will give up the rights to the mussels and oysters, though that news has not been received unanimously well.

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Scotland held a parliamentary committee to discuss the possibility of Marine Scotland retaining oyster and mussel rights. Surprisingly, some local residents preferred the Crown, as they said it did a good job managing the oyster- and mussel-fishing rights.

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32. A Gold Record
Owned Since: 2002
Valued At: Over $1,892*

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While Queen Elizabeth has never sung a note (not in a recording studio anyway), she has received a Gold Record for album sales. In 2002, the Queen threw a huge party, called the “Party at the Palace.” This Jubilee was in celebration of her fiftieth year as the Queen of England.

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EMI released a live recording CD of the concert. Within just the first week of its release, it sold 100,000 copies. As a result of reaching this milestone, the Queen received an honor that many musicians only dream of: a gold record. She is the only Royal Family member to earn such an award.

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33. Westminster Abbey
Owned Since: 1066
Valued At: Priceless

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Westminster Abbey is a tourist hotspot for anyone visiting London. It’s such a part of British culture that Comcast’s NBC shot an episode of Friends just outside of it. The abbey has been the home of every British coronation since 1066 but it isn’t ruled by a particular religion. Instead, it’s dubbed a “Royal Peculiar” meaning it serves the sovereign.

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Many iconic events have happened inside the Abbey’s walls, from the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana to Diana’s funeral years later in 1997. Its value is largely priceless and it belongs entirely to Queen Elizabeth II.

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34. Several Caribbean Islands
Owned Since: 1600s
Valued At: Undisclosed

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Britain colonized half the world at one point, and it still is the head of several countries in the Caribbean including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados (for now), the Bahamas, and Antigua. Though Barbados is reportedly planning to remove the Queen as the head of the Commonwealth, that has yet to happen.

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Former colonies have become independent, but the Queen is head of the Commonwealth even for independent countries. The Queen has lost land since she ascended the throne in 1952. Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Ceylon are no longer owned by England.

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35. An Aberdeen Angus Cow
Owned Since: 2005
Valued At: $1,500*

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The Crown has a deep connection to the Angus breed of cattle. The former Queen Mother was interested in developing the breed, which popped up in 1808. The former Queen Mother was a wealthy patron of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society. Queen Elizabeth is a patron of the breed as well.

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Queen Elizabeth II was presented with an Aberdeen Angus calf to call her own. In 2017, there was an exciting “Royal Birth,” when Aberdeen Angus triplets (all female) were born at the Castle of Mey. The Castle of Mey was the Queen Mother’s former residence. The triplets’ birth, especially as they are all the same gender, is an amazing rarity.

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36. A Sloth
Owned Since: 1968
Valued At: $6,000*

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Queen Elizabeth II has made 265 official visits to sixteen different countries throughout her reign. The countries and their ambassadors have often given her gifts of animals that are native to their region. In 1968, the Queen was given a pet sloth (along with two black jaguars). The gift was given by the Prefect of Brasilia.

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The sloth was sent to the London Zoo after it arrived in the U.K. While some of the Queen’s pets are able to stay on castle grounds with her, others have had to be transferred to the London Zoo and Whipsnade for proper care.

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37. A Gold Blue Peter Badge
Owned Since: 2001
Valued At: N/A

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A Gold Blue Peter Badge is priceless. The badge is awarded to those who appear on Blue Peter, a BBC kids’ show. They are given to adults who are guests on the program. There are different levels of Blue Peter Badges, and the highest of these levels is the Gold Badge, which the Queen received.

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The Gold Blue Peter Badge is given to those who have achieved something amazing, be it a feat of courage, strength, or leadership. Queen Elizabeth II received her Gold Badge in 2001. Other Badge recipients include David Beckham, David Tennant, J.K. Rowling, Steven Spielberg, and Ed Sheeran.

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38. Queen Victoria’s Sketchbook
Owned Since: 1953
Valued At: Priceless

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Queen Victoria could well be Britain’s most famous queen. As a monarch, her personal life was of just as much importance as her ability to rule the nation. Her subjects were enamored with how much she grieved her husband and she went down in history as an extremely powerful, strong woman.

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When Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne in 1953 she inherited many different family heirlooms, including Queen Victoria’s personal sketchbook. The book itself is an entirely priceless sentimental piece that has likely been well-preserved. Victoria passed away in 1901, some 25 years before her great-great-granddaughter was born.

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39. Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress
Owned Since: 1901
Valued At: Priceless

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Queen Victoria’s original wedding dress is a rather remarkable garment, and the Queen has owned it since 1901. The dress was white, which seems commonplace now but, in the 1840s, was not. Queen Victoria’s Honiton lace was a huge boost for the Devon lace-making industry.

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Queen Victoria has even received credit for starting the tradition of brides wearing white to their weddings. When Victoria died, she was buried in her veil, with the veil covering her face. Her dress stayed in storage until it was put on display at Kensington Palace. Now, the lace is so fragile that the dress cannot be moved.

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40. A National Collection of Mulberries
Owned Since: 2000
Valued At: $1,295*

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Mark Lane, the head gardener for Buckingham Palace, was permitted to plant a collection of mulberry trees in the gardens of the palace in 2000. Since then, the Queen is now the owner of the National Mulberry Collection. There are twenty-nine species of mulberry in the collection, which is the first of its kind.

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Mulberry trees are nothing new for the UK. They’ve been grown there since the Roman times. These trees are gorgeous, with some reaching over 49 feet in height. When the trees age, their branches become gnarled, which makes for beautiful, interesting arrangements. The trees have to be harvested from mid-June until Augusts.

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41. Trafalgar Square
Owned Since: 1840
Valued At: Undisclosed

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Located in Westminster, London, Trafalgar Square was established in the 1800s. The name of the square commemorates the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars. The Crown Estate owns Trafalgar Square. The Square has been the site of protests, community gatherings, and demonstrations since its inception.

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Every year, Norway donates a tree for Christmas, a tradition that began in 1947. Trafalgar Square took years to build, with its progress developing slowly, especially after King George IV died. It wasn’t open to the public until 1844. However, since then, it has become a hugely popular tourist attraction.

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42. Primrose Hill
Owned Since: 1840s
Valued At: $620,000*

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The Crown Estate also owns Primrose Hill. Queen Elizabeth II has owned Primrose Hill for her entire reign, as it was first opened in the mid-1800s. The park’s main attraction is the 210-foot hill in the center of the park. This is the second-highest natural (non-man-made) point in London’s Borough of Camden.

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The entire area is steeped in history, and there are seven blue English Heritage plaques located in the park. Each plaque commemorates the historical figures who lived there, including Sir Hugh Clough, A.J.P. Taylor, William Roberts, Friedrich Engels, Roger Fenton, Sylvia Plath, and William Butler Yeats.

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43. 25,000 Acres of Forest
Owned Since: Date unconfirmed
Valued At: Undisclosed

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As you may have guessed, the Crown Estate owns an extraordinary amount of the United Kingdom and beyond. Among its impressive property portfolio is 25,000 acres of rural land used for farming. Some of the land lies completely untouched as dense woodland that was as grand hundreds of years ago as it is today.

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As towns and new developments continue to spring up across England it might be hard to imagine a world in which the Crown manages to hold onto the land forever. However, it’s certainly a precious asset with untold value.

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44. Half of St James’s in London’s West End
Owned Since: 1600s
Valued At: Undisclosed

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The Royal Family owned half St. James in London’s West End for years as a freehold. It wasn’t until 2016 that the Crown Estate confirmed that they weren’t just going to own the property—they were going to redevelop it, investing over $100 million into the project, which was slated to be finished in 2019.

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Duke’s Court, in particular, will be getting redeveloped. The project contract was awarded to Skanksa. Though St. James was developed in the 1600s as a residential area, St. James’s Palace was built in 1531. Now, the area is a residential, upscale location with theaters and fine dining.

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45. A Baptismal Font
Owned Since: 1840
Valued At: $2,500*

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Known as the Lily Font, this large, silver baptismal font was first requested by Queen Victoria for her first child’s baptism in 1840. Edward Barnard and Sons, a silversmith firm, was commissioned for the project. The Lily Font is made of gilded silver that looks golden. There are three winged cherubs at the font’s base.

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Prince Albert helped design the font. The Lily Font has been used to baptize all of the Queen’s children and grandchildren, except for Princess Eugenie. The Lily Font is stored in the Tower of London’s Jewel House as an official part of the Royal Collection.

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46. The Queen’s Personal Flag
Owned Since: 1960
Valued At: Undisclosed

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Although England on the whole has a very distinctive flag, Queen Elizabeth II wanted something of her own that represented her and not the entire nation. In 1960 she charged the College of Arms with creating something spectacular.

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The result was a navy blue flag with a gold E topped with a crown and surrounded by a circle of flowers. It was first used for an important visit to India the following year and has since been used in her residences to signify that she is home, instead of the Royal Standard. Whatever it cost, it was likely worth it.

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47. Four Guinness World Records
Owned Since: Various
Valued At: Priceless

Queen Elizabeth II is known for many things, from being the only modern-day queen that most of us know to weather many scandals in the House of Windsor. She’s also a record-breaker and the proud owner of four Guinness World Records.

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Not only is she the longest-serving Queen and the longest living monarch, but Her Majesty also has her face on more different currencies than any other person. To cap it all off, she is also the richest queen in the entire world with a net worth of over $500 million.

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Now up and running, analysts expect these wind farms to generate millions of dollars for the Queen. At its current rate of expansion, this is also shaping up to be the single biggest offshore wind farm on the planet.

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48. 14 Retail and Shopping Parks
Owned Since: 1760 (Holding Company)
Valued At: Undisclosed

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In addition to owning three shopping centers, the Crown Estate also owns fourteen retail and shopping parks. The Crown Estate owns shopping parks in Banbury, Newcastle, Cheltenham, North Tyneside, Ellesmere Port, Nottingham, Exeter, Oxford, Harlow, Portsmouth, Leeds, Rushden, Leicester, Worcester, and Liverpool.

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The Crown Estate keeps detailed log of information on each of the shopping parks, including their plans for the parks and the revenue from them. In 2017, the Crown made a surprising sale. It sold its Altrincham Retail Park property for $60 million. The b