Her Majesty’s Mil­lions

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How much is Queen El­iz­a­beth II worth? We take her mea­sure as she en­ters her tenth decade. QUEEN EL­IZ­A­BETH’S 90th birth­day last month re­in­forced her stand­ing as a tiaraed icon of longevity and sta­bil­ity. But­tress­ing her time­less­ness is a $530 mil­lion for­tune, up from about $400 mil­lion in 2010 thanks to re­bound­ing Bri­tish prop­erty val­ues.

El­iz­a­beth, whose for­tune is debt-free, pos­sesses two main as­sets: a cas­tle, Bal­moral, in the Scot­tish high­lands, and a 20,000-acre es­tate in the east of Eng­land, San­dring­ham House. Both have been royal re­treats since the days of El­iz­a­beth’s great-grand­mother Queen Vic­to­ria. The two prop­er­ties’ worths are, re­spec­tively, es­ti­mated at $140 mil­lion and $65 mil­lion. She also owns Lon­don real es­tate, horse farms and one of the world’s finest stamp col­lec­tions, ac­cu­mu­lated by her philatelist grand­fa­ther. The col­lec­tion, which in­cludes an un­used Two Pence Post Of­fice Mau­ri­tius 1948 and a Ber­muda Postmaster Pro­vi­sional 1848, is worth at least $20 mil­lion.

Not counted: Buck­ing­ham Palace, Wind­sor Cas­tle (see above), the Crown Jew­els and the prop­erty held in the Duchy of Lan­caster, as­sets that El­iz­a­beth does not di­rectly own and can­not sell. She does re­ceive a gen­er­ous stipend from the gov­ern­ment—over $50 mil­lion last year— for of­fi­cial func­tions. She gets an­other $20 mil­lion in in­come from the Duchy of Lan­caster, which she can spend freely.

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