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POSTED 26 March 2019 General

Lifting the lid on the Queen's Property portfolio

Given the vast wealth of the Royal Family, it certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that Queen Elizabeth II’s property portfolio spreads the width and breadth of the British Isles. Yet figures released by the Crown Estate last year paint a picture of a stunning property portfolio, almost incomprehensible in its wealth. 

At present, the estate is valued at an astonishing £13.1 billion, even though the Queen herself doesn’t own all of the property associated with it and whomever sits on the throne isn’t able to sell parts of it off at will. Properties themselves can be split between those owned by the Queen herself and land that falls under the control of the Crown Estate itself; any monarch won’t receive revenue from this property. 

Still, the magnitude of some of the properties contained within the estate is remarkable, with 7,936 plots owned and land of their own within 271 of the 342 districts across England and Wales ranging from grand hotels to historic castles. They feature:



Sandringham House

Inherited from the Queen’s father and located in Norfolk, Sandringham House is a 20,000-acre estate which passed to her when George VI died in 1952. It’s typically where the Queen spends her winters and was the setting for her first televised Christmas message. 



Palaces

The Crown owns several palaces across London, including, unsurprisingly, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and St. James’ Palace, all of which are maintained by the Royal Household Property Section. That will offer clarity for those of you who may have wondered how the Queen and her family were able to keep up with what will surely be an astronomical amount of tidying up. 



Castles

What’s a monarch without their castle(s)? The Queen and Prince Phillip spend the majority of their summer at their 20,000-hectare Scottish estate Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, but can also lay claim to Lancaster Castle in Lancashire, Pickering Castle in Yorkshire and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, to name but a few.

Beyond this, the Crown Estate also own the site for the world-famous Gold Cup, Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, the entirety of Regent Street and St. James’ Market in London, around 263,000 acres of farmland across Great Britain and, funnily enough, fishing rights in Scotland. That means that any of you fancying a trip north of the border to catch whales and sturgeons could find yourself in hot water with the Crown, as these are designated ‘royal fish’ and will presumably be less-than impressed with being caught.