We all know Queen Elizabeth II, probably because it feels like she has been around forever, and feels like she will outlive us all. What we didn’t know is that she owns some of the most bizarre things. Some of them seem logical, some are pretty extraordinary, so how about we just run through them all.
We’ll start off with the fact that she currently holds four Guinness World Records. If we really think about it, that seems about right considering she became queen when she was 25. She is officially the world’s longest-reigning queen, the world’s oldest reigning monarch, the world’s wealthiest queen, and appears on the money of more countries than any other person.
Luxury Car Stash
We’ve all seen the hilarious photos of the queen driving herself in her beloved Land Rover Defender, wearing what looks like a hoodie. And considering she served as a mechanic in World War II, it is no surprise she is into cars. Her epic car collection is estimated to be worth about $10 mil.
Wow! Yes, 10 million dollars. Her impressive collection includes three Rolls-Royces, two Bentleys, and a custom Range Rover LWB Landaulet that features the royal flag and an open-air top so that she can wave to the public when she is out and about on the town.
Dorgi Dog Duo
We all know the queen’s corgis, she was often spotted with them, so naturally, they became the iconic royal dog breed. The queen’s first-ever pet was a Corgie was named Dookie. She and Princess Margaret were gifted the puppy in 1933 and that’s where the love from the breed began!
Since the queen’s corgis passed away, her dorgis are now regularly found at her side. How did we not notice the queen’s two dorgis? They are corgi crossed with a dachshund. What an adorable combo! Their names are even better… Vulcan and Candy. Nawwww.
We’re not quite sure how it works to own part of a road, but apparently the queen does. Regent Street, one of the most famous roads in the world is located in London’s West End. Regent Street is approximately 1.25 miles long and attracts more than seven and a half million visitors per year.
It belongs to Queen Elizabeth because it’s all part of the Crown Estate. That means it legally belongs to Her Majesty. Can you imagine walking down one of the most famous streets in the world, knowing you own a huge portion of it? But interestingly, she doesn’t get any of the royalties from the stores.
Best Seat in the House
You may not know about the Royal Box, invite-only seats tucked just behind the south baseline of the tennis court. The royal family has 74 allocated seats to choose from to watch Wimbledon games. We are insanely jealous of these seats and upset to hear that the queen has attended once in 30 years.
The queen shocked the Wimbledon crowd in 2010 when she showed up to watch Andy Murray play. Even though the queen doesn’t love going to see the games, Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge loves the game and is often spotted in the Royal Box. Hopefully the kids will get to attend soon too!
We didn’t know someone could own some of the coastal lands, but again the queen opens up her real estate portfolio to prove it’s possible. Not only does she own castles, famous streets, and parks, but she also owns just under half of the coastline around England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The crown owns the land, not the state or government, but it is owned as her public property, as opposed to her private property. The queen also owns the entire seabed between low water and 12 nautical miles. Wow! That is a significant amount of land that the queen can boast about owning.
Private ATM on Site
We doubt that the queen has many situations where she needs to have cash on her, considering she always has a team with her but in case she did, she has her own ATM. Buckingham palace has its own Coutts machine in case the royals needed some quick cash. That would be pretty handy for us!
We’re trying to think of what the queen would need cash for and we’re stuck for answers. We can’t imagine her needing to tip a delivery man or wanting spare cash in her bag to be able to pick up some last-minute drinks on her way home. Nonetheless, she got herself a private ATM on site.
Ample Art Collection
It is probably no surprise to you that the royals have a pretty large art collection, actually one of the largest and most impressive collections in the world. No, ok, she doesn’t own it properly but it is completely in her trust. And guess what, there are over a million pieces of art in the collection. WOW.
The collection includes close to 150,000 pieces by some of the most famous artists including people like Rembrandt and Raphael. Obviously, they can’t have all of these pieces hanging around the house, so some of the collection is on display at museums for public viewing. Thanks for sharing with us!
UK Dolphin Owner
We do love the queen’s dogs, but we don’t know many others who can say they own dolphins. A statute from 1324, during the reign of King Edward II, stated that “The king shall have wreck of the sea throughout the realm, whales, and sturgeons taken in the sea or elsewhere within the realm.”
Lucky for the queen, the law still stands today and covers not just whales and sturgeons but dolphins and porpoises too. There are over 25 different species too! Next time we visit the UK oceans, we will hopefully be able to spot some of the queen’s pets.
Windsor Castle, Just One of Six
Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace are just a couple of places that the queen can call home. The Royals are definitely not lacking in properties. The queen’s main home is Buckingham Palace, all 775 rooms of it! But, Windsor Castle is actually the biggest occupied castle of them all.
The queen’s real estate portfolio also includes Holyrood Palace, a 12th-century monastery-turned-palace in Scotland and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. But the Sandringham Estate is where the royal family spends Christmas, making it pretty special to the whole family. Adorable!
We did not know that on top of the coat of arms, Britain’s Union Jack, and the Royal Standard flag, the queen also has her own personal flag. The flag is navy blue with the letter E in gold, in a circle of roses. The queen can have it on any car or building that she stays or travels in.
Rumor has it that the flag was designed in 1960 at the queen’s own request. She wanted it to symbolize her as an individual, separate from her role as sovereign or head of state. It seems a little extra to have your official flag, but she’s the queen, so why not?
The Tiara of All Tiaras
Obviously we know the queen is dripping in jewels and tiaras, and anything of the sort. But we didn’t know the details until now. One of the queen’s most famous pieces of jewelry is the Diamond Diadem. Yes, it has its own name. That’s what happens to a tiara with 1,333 diamonds on it.
We’re not sure if you can spot it, but one of the diamonds is a four-carat yellow diamond. The queen has worn this specific tiara to every State Opening of Parliament since 1952. She was lucky enough to inherit it, all the way from King George IV. It was originally made to wear at his lavish coronation in 1821. Wow, that is an old tiara.
A Gold Record for the Records
We would never have guessed that Queen Elizabeth had a Gold Record! It may just be honorary, but it still gets us super jealous. In 2002, the queen marked 50 years on the throne. To celebrate, the royal family threw a star-studded party at the palace, a Golden Jubilee celebration.
The party was filled with celebrities including singers who performed like Paul Mccartney. A CD was later released of the concert, which sold over 100,000 copies within its first week of release. That definitely gives the queen some street cred. As expected, the queen is the only member of the royal family to earn the rock star Gold Record.
Tower of London
Just like anything else royal, the Tower of London has a much longer version of its name. It is, Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London. Yet another of the queen’s belongings… The property dates all the way back to the 11th century and is big in royal history.
Everything that is a part of the tower belongs to the queen. She is lucky that the tower possesses Crown Jewels, and also goes as far as to say that the Tower’s famed flock of ravens also belongs to the queen. The Tower of London is one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions to this day.
Her Very Own Tartan
Did you ever think about the different Scottish tartan patterns? To be honest, we didn’t realize there were different styles. Turns out there are plenty of different styles. And thanks to their Scottish roots, the royal family has their own personalized tartan named “Royal Stewart”, the official tartan of the British royals since the 11th century.
But she wouldn’t be Queen Elizabeth if she didn’t also have her very own tartan style as well. The queen’s tartan is made up of a grey, black, and red pattern, and is named “Balmoral.” The style was designed by her great-great-grandfather Prince Albert in 1853. That’s some old tartan!
All of Scotland’s Gold Mines
This one seems super random to us, but the queen actually owns the rights to all of Scotland’s gold mining activities. Anything gold found should legally be automatically passed onto the crown. Imagine finding a big nugget of gold and realizing that you had to hand it over to the queen!
Well, this actually got brought into question recently! In 2018 a guy found Britain’s biggest ever gold nugget, worth at least $65,000, in a Scottish river. We’re not sure of the details of what happened and if he was allowed to keep it, but legally it belongs to Elizabeth… Shame for that guy!
We’re all pretty familiar with Westminster Abbey, probably because it is where Prince William and Kate got hitched in 2011. It’s also been the place of many other important events in royal history, including every coronation since 1066, hundreds of royal weddings, funerals and memorials.
Westminster Abbey, as we see it today in its slightly rebuilt, and gothic design, was completed in 1517. Yes, over 500 years ago, and the original building was built another 500 years before that! So all in all, we can agree that Westminster Abbey is a seriously old and impressive building.
An Aberdeen Angus Cow
In 2005 the queen had an official visit to Canada. During this visit, she was presented with an Aberdeen Angus cow. Yes, you read that correctly. We just wish we saw the queen’s reaction to being given a cow! We can imagine how happy the Aberdeen Angus cow would be at Buckingham Palace.
Unfortunately, it just wasn’t possible to bring the cow back with her to Buckingham. Instead, the cow remained at the Calgary Stampede, which obviously makes a lot more sense… we just hope that the queen visits her cow whenever she visits Canada!
Just in case the queen felt like she didn’t own enough land between her castles and palaces, she also owns some of England’s best parks and gardens. We don’t know how often she visits these public green spaces, but if she was in the mood, she knows they’re there for her pleasure.
The list includes some of the most famous, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park, and Primrose Hill. You’ve definitely heard of at least one or two of them, and yes, they technically belong to the queen. We would love to be walking in Hyde Park and bump into her!
Tortoises From Seychelles
It is fair to say that the queen has a bunch of ‘pets’ so to speak, that she can’t actually have at home, but this one she could. One gift the queen was able to bring home with her from her travels overseas was a pair of native Aldabra giant tortoises.
The tortoises were presented to the queen during an official visit to the Seychelles in 1972. The tortoises were originally housed at the London Zoo, then briefly lived on royal property, and then again rehomed at the zoo. The tortoises are most likely going to live more than 200 years, and therefore will likely outlive the queen herself.
Extensive Fabergé Collection
There are lots of different things that people collect, the queen collects something a little more royal than stamps or football cards. Queen Elizabeth collects Fabergé eggs and accessories. Fabergé eggs are jeweled eggs that were made in St. Petersburg, Imperial Russia.
The collection was actually originally started by Queen Alexandra and Edward VII around the turn of the century. And lucky for Queen Elizabeth, it is now estimated to include 600 pieces. A lot of the pieces have been put on display at various locations and made available to the public.
Over 200 Launer Handbags
Have you ever noticed that the queen essentially has the exact same style of bag, just in different colors? She is rarely seen without a handbag and in recent years we have come to understand that she uses it to signal her stuff. We love that she uses her handbag for secret code, we wonder if there is anything actually in the bag!
But just as the queen should, she wears a very particular type of bag. Her preference is the luxury London designer Launer. According to the brand’s CEO, her favorite styles are the Royale and Traviata. The CEO estimates that the queen has about 200 of their bags, at approximately $2500 each bag.
Baptism Ready, Font and All
It seems fitting that the royal family has its own font for royal baptisms. Queen Victoria commissioned a silver-gilt font for the baptism of her first child, Princess Victoria, back in 1840. It is known as The Lily Font and is part of the Royal Collection which is all under the ownership of the queen. With not much use for it at home, she keeps the font at the Jewel House at the Tower of London.
The queen’s font has been used for almost every royal baptism since it was made. In 2015, the Lily Font was taken from London to Cambridge for the baptism of Princess Charlotte. It was apparently the first time that the font had left London in its history, since being brought from Windsor to London for the baptism of the queen herself in 1926. That’s one historical heirloom!
Swans of the River Thames
To add to the list of the queens ‘pets’, are all of the unclaimed mute swans on open water in England and Wales. Yes, all of the swans. But she does actually share ownership of the birds with the Worshipful Company of Vintners and the Worshipful Company of Dyers, an arrangement that unsurprisingly dates back to the 15th century.
We just want to know exactly how many swans the queen actually has! Each year during the five-day event, Swan Upping, every swan is counted. This year, the event will take place from July 13 to July 17 on the Thames between Sunbury and Abingdon, England. We’re looking forward to this year’s headcount!
Gold Badge for her Golden Jubilee
The queen is in the elite group who has received a Gold badge on the Peter Blue TV show. Peter Blue, the BBC children’s show, give out different badges to their viewers. They also give out badges to some of their famous guests on the show. That is how the Queen earned her Gold badge.
The Gold badge is handed out for recognition of big achievements. The Queen’s badge was in honor of her Golden Jubilee, 50 years of reign. She received it in 2002 and went on the show to receive the badge in person. The badge actually provides the wearer with free entry to many British attractions, but we’re guessing she doesn’t have the need for it.
Statue of A Poet
The queen owns a statuette of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1872-1918. He was a soldier and physician, a poet and author. She was presented it by Brigadier General James Selbie, the Colonel Commandant, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery in October 2016. We just want to know where she puts gifts like this? Is there a room in the castle full of random objects?
The statuette is actually of the Lieutenant writing a poem. And it is a mini replica of an actual statue that was placed in Ottowa in May 2016. So the queen gets her own little memorabilia to keep at home. We can just see the excitement on her face!
Queen Victoria’s Wedding Dress
Queen Elizabeth actually owns the wedding dress that Queen Victoria wore to her wedding with Prince Albert in 1840. The dress is the earliest British royal wedding dress to still remain today. We’re not sure where the earlier wedding dresses snuck off to. The dress is actually on display in the Kensington Palace.
Queen Victoria described, “I wore a white satin dress, with a deep flounce of Honiton lace, an imitation of an old design. My jewels were my Turkish diamond necklace & earrings & dear Albert’s beautiful sapphire brooch.” She was also one of the first royals to wear a predominantly white wedding dress rather than gold or silver, and it was pretty big news at the time!
Guinness World Record
The queen actually holds a Guinness World Record. But it is probably not surprising to learn that it is for the longest-reigning queen. This seems logical to us considering she has been queen for what seems like an eternity. In reality, she has actually been queen for 67 years, since 1952.
But Queen Elizabeth II only earned this title on September 9, 2015. This is the day that she exceeded the reign duration of Queen Victoria. She was the queen for 63 years and 216 days, from 20 June 1837 to 22 January 1901. So we think Queen Elizabeth will hold her Guinness World Record for a long time!
Grasshopper Wine Cooler
We probably weren’t going to guess that the queen owned a wine cooler shaped like a grasshopper but in fact it is true. In 1972, President Georges Pompidou of France gifted it to the queen, and it is just one of the unusual gifts that she has received over the years.
The wine cooler is made from brass and steel and as you can see is pretty big. It even transforms into a drinks table when the wings of the grasshopper are rotated and extended outwards. This wine cooler was actually featured in a 2002 exhibition of gifts that the queen had received.
Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia
We would have been disappointed if the queen didn’t have a boat. And she doesn’t disappoint us at all. The queen has her yacht, Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia, which is also known as the Royal Yacht Britannia. The yacht has traveled more than a million nautical miles around the globe. That’s pretty far!
The boat was used as the royal service boat but is now retired from duty. The Britannia is permanently docked at Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is probably no surprise that it has become a popular tourist attraction and has over 300,000 people visit it each year.
As you may have guessed, the queen does receive a lot of gifts from visitors from around the world. These definitely add to the weird and wonderful collection of things that she owns. The queen actually owns a pear-shaped pearl set in a natural oyster, which she was gifted when visiting the Persian Gulf.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip visited the Persian Gulf in 1979 on an 18-day trip. The pearl set was just one of the generous gifts that the royal couple was gifted. They were both showered gifts worth millions of dollars by their Arab hosts.
The queen actually owns the official British National collection of Mulberries. It is all thanks to King James I who attempted to plant his own mulberry grove at Buckingham Palace in the 17th century. But he was not successful and his plan to rear silkworms was put to rest.
But Queen Elizabeth picked up where King James I left off. And in 2000, the green thumbed queen personally requested that a collection of mulberry bushes be planted at Buckingham Palace. There are actually 29 different species of mulberries in the collection, and not it is the official British National collection.
The queen seems to own a lot of land in England, including cool public space. This actually includes Trafalgar Square, the public square in Westminster, Central London. Trafalgar Square is famous and often visited by tourists and locals to see Nelson’s Column and the British National Gallery.
But why does it belong to the queen? The land it actually sits on used to be home to the royal stables and mews. But King George IV moved the stables to Buckingham Palace. Since then, it has been used for plenty of by the public and for many celebrations, including the queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Offshore Wind Farm
Considering how much Queen Elizabeth owns, it is probably no surprise that the British seabed also belongs to the crown. So that means she also owns the Thanet Offshore Wind Farm. It is located seven miles off the coast of Kent in the North Sea and opened in 2010. At the time it was the largest offshore wind farm in the world.
The Crown actually owns quite a few offshore sustainable and renewable energy projects. One of them is Europe’s largest tidal power plant. But it is currently under construction in the far northern tip of Scotland. The area is called the Pentland Firth.
A Winning Team of Race Horses
Last of the animal world is the queen’s horses. The queen has always had a great passion for horses and riding them. The queen likes to invest in racehorses and has approximately 30 horses in training at any time. We don’t have the details on where the horses are from but the queen is savvy when it comes to picking her winners.
Rumors have it that at the end of 2017, the queen’s impressive team of racehorses had won roughly 450 races over three decades. These wins have actually earnt her close to $9 million. The queen has her first victory back in 1949, winning at Fontwell Park. The horse that won was Monaveen, a horse that the queen co-owned with her mom. Nawwww!