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A Closer Look on the Queen’s Wealth: How Much is Queen Elizabeth II Really Worth?

How much is the Queen’s worth is always the question that has puzzled speculators for decades already. Estimates of her fortune vary from hundreds of millions to billions of pounds. She was once hailed by Guinness World Record as “the wealthiest woman” in the world, while the latest estimate of Bloomberg pegs her wealth at $425 million: $75 million worth of investments, $160 million she inherited from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, $110 million of personal property, $75 million in stamp collection and the $10 million in the Royal Stud.  That still makes her one of the wealthiest royals. But these are personal assets.
The Almanach de Gotha asserts that as sovereign, she is worth as much as $100 billion given that the Crown Estates, royal palaces, Crown Jewels, etc., are legally hers. The Almanach also alleges that she is the world’s largest landowner, given than the entire United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and other lesser known domains across the seas are her “domai…

The King and Queen of Sweden Visits Bhutan

King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Sylvia of Sweden embarked on a three-day state visit to Bhutan. Their visit came upon the invitation of King Jigme.  This was the first time a Swedish sovereign visited the Asian country.
The royal couple arrived on Wednesday 8 June. They were accompanied Minister Annika Strandhäll and representatives from the Swedish trade and industry.

18 Reasons the World Never Stops Falling in Love With Prince Harry

Prince Harry has been under the scrutiny of the public eye ever since he was born. The life of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s second son has, in the words of Telegraph’s Helena Kealey, been “recorded, photographed and documented.” It seems that the public know everything about this dashing prince. But how really well do you know Prince Harry? Read on and find out why the world keeps on loving Prince Harry, the “King of Hearts.”

Royalty Graces the Wedding of Lord Mountbatten’s Great-Granddaughter

The presence of the British Royal Family made the wedding of Alexandra Knatchbull and Thomas Hooper so far the biggest society gathering enough to make almost a royal wedding. After all, the bride hails from royalty—his grandfather is late Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Prince Philip’s uncle.
Queen Elizabeth II, together with Prince Philip, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne made sure they did not miss the society wedding of the year, joining the Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Lord Brabourne and their family at Romsey Abbey in Hampshire.

Queen Elizabeth II in Northern Ireland for a Two-Day Visit

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip flew to Northern Ireland June 27 for a series of engagements following the hectic pace of her 90th birthday celebrations. The Queen’s two-day visit came after the Brexit referendum.
The Queen has already met First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Hillsborough Castle.
McGuinness first met Her Majesty exactly four years ago. The Sinn Fein leader greeted the Queen, telling her it was nice to see her again and asked if she was feeling well.
"Well I'm still alive anyway," the Queen laughingly replied.

These 7 British Princesses Remained Unmarried All Their Lives

These princesses got all the money and attention on earth but they decided to live the life of single blessedness. Meet the seven British princesses who remained unmarried and, instead, dutifully fulfilled their royal obligations.

Take a Look at Villa Windsor in Paris: 7 Things You Need to Know

The Villa Windsor was the Paris home of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor from 1953 until their deaths in 1972 and 1986, respectively. The mansion is located on Bois de Boulogne close to Neuilly-sur-Seine.  Following his abdication, King Edward VIII, now Duke of Windsor, went to France where he married the two-time American divorcee Wallis Simpson in 1937. The former king was sent by the British government to the Bahamas during World War II where he served as Governor from 1942 until 1945. The couple eventually settled in the mansion in 1953, spending the best days of their lives here, aside from visiting European capitals or traveling around the world.  Here are 7 amazing facts about Villa Windsor.

15 Interesting Things About the Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales

The wedding of Prince Charles to then 20-year-old Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981, was a global spectacle that made it the “Wedding of the Century.” Many years, afterwards, that fateful day that transformed a shy lady into the world’s well-loved "Queen of Hearts" continues to capture every girl’s imagination that a dashing prince will one day come and propose for a fairy tale wedding that’s bound towards happily-ever-after. Here are 15 interesting things that made the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, truly unforgettable.

28 Amazing Homes of the Dukes of Great Britain

The Dukes of Great Britain are considered a rare species. After all, of the 800 hereditary titles existing today only 24 of them are dukedoms and it is highly unlikely that the Queen or his successors would one day create a non-royal dukedom. Once, dukes are known for their political might, but today, the only remaining vestige of glory they have aside from their name and pedigree is their financial clout. A few of them, though, barely have a fortune to call their own. Nevertheless, most of them still enjoy the opulent lifestyles their predecessors were accustomed to—complete with servants and all the conveniences afforded to the highest-ranking peer of the realm. Take a peek at the lives of these dukes by visiting these 28 homes they own.

Queen Elizabeth is Likely Saddened by the Brexit Result

Queen Elizabeth II is believed to have been “mortified” by the British exit in the European Union. Nevertheless, the Queen is constitutionally barred from taking political stand and has to remain “strictly neutral with respect to political matters.”
However, with the Brexit polls over and now that Britain is definitely heading out from the Eurozone, the future of Her Majesty’s kingdom has gone bleak, foreseeing a recession just when the economy started picking up after the 2008 financial crisis.  
Ingrid Seward, the Queen’s biographer, hinted that the Queen was “privately” “saddened” by the turn of events.
"The whole situation will worry her,” Seward said. She said that at 90 years old and having survived the harrowing years of World War II, all the Queen wants is continuity and unit.

11 Unforgettable Royal Weddings During Queen Elizabeth II’s Reign

Royal weddings have always caught the fascination of people. These once-in-a-lifetime occasions temporarily pluck us away from the clichés of day to day life, transporting us to true-to-life fantasies that eventually make us realize that life could always get better. Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has seen over a dozen weddings in her family, but these 11 weddings are the most unforgettable, adding color to Her Majesty’s already enthralling reign.

10 Things You Need to Know About the Duchess of Gloucester

The Duchess of Gloucester is one of the unsung heroes of the British Royal Family. Together with her husband the Duke of Gloucester, the Duchess continues to carry out extensive engagements in support to the Royal Family. This she does without any media fanfare. Learn more about the life and works of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester.

Princess of Wales Gives Birth to a Seven-Pound Boy

June 22, 1982
Associated Press - It's a seven-pound, blue-eyed baby boy for the Prince and Princess of Wales, AP reports. The baby "cried lustily" after Diana, Princess of Wales, gave birth to the future British king. The child is second in line to the 1,000-year-old throne. He was the first child to be born to a Prince and Princess of Wales after 77 years, when Mary, then Princess of Wales and future queen, gave birth to Prince John in 1905.

13 Amazing Facts About Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace is one of the most recognizable royal residences. Home to kings and queens of the past, the palace retains its strong connection to the Royal Family with a number of princes and princesses still calling it home. From its humble beginnings as a Jacobean home, the palace is now celebrated for its rich history that never fails to awe visitors who step into its majestic rooms. If you are planning to visit Kensington Palace, here are the 13 facts you’ll find interesting to know about Kensington Palace.

7 Highlights that Made Queen Elizabeth II's 90th Birthday Celebrations Really Unforgettable!

London cheered as the Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday was celebrated from June 10-12. Here are the seven unforgettable highlights of Her Majesty’s most splendid moment.

Prince William Gets a Telling Off from Queen Elizabeth II

Prince William is never too old to get a tell off from her grandmother Queen Elizabeth II—not even if he’s second in line to the throne.
The British Royal Family made their much-awaited appearance on the balcony of Buckingham Palace when Prince William bent to chat Prince George. However, Queen Elizabeth II was not amused, aware that thousands people were keeping their eyes on  them, so she told her grandson to stand up.
The 90-year-old monarch tapped the Duke of Cambridge. Her gesture looked like she’s telling him to stand.
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