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Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the reigning queen of 16 independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. In addition, as Head of the Commonwealth, she is the figurehead of the 54 member Commonwealth of Nations. She is the titular Supreme Governor of the Church of England where it is the established church.

Most of the time The Queen lives at Buckingham Palace in London.


She also sometimes resides at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, Sandringham House in Norfolk, Balmoral Castle in Scotland or Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.


The official residence of Queen Elizabeth II and her consort, Prince Philip, is Buckingham Palace in London, UK. In addition to Buckingham, the British Monarch also maintains official residence at Windsor Castle in Windsor and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh; Hillsborough Castle in County Down, Northern Ireland, is also an official residence though it is primarily used by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

In addition to the residences that are attached to the Monarchy, Elizabeth also owns Sandringham House in Norfolk and Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Unlike the official residences, these are personal possessions and ownership is not a consequence of being Queen.



Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
England is a part of the United Kingdom but the title "Queen of England" has not existed for over 300 years.
Apart from Buckingham Palace in London, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip have official residences at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh and Hillsborough Castle in County Down, Northern Ireland. These don't belong to the queen but are state properties. The queen herself owns Sandringham House in Norfolk and Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Elizabeth’s full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; her formal title is “Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of her other Realms and Territories.” The current Queen of England is also known as Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.

According to the list of super-rich royalty compiled by Forbes Magazine Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who has an estimated fortune of £349 million is the 12th richest royal in the world.

In calculating her wealth most of her assets that are not personal possessions, but held in trust for the nation, such as the Buckingham Palace, the Windsor Castle, the Crown Jewels, and the Royal Art Collection are excluded. What appears to have been included in the estimation of her wealth are her personal jewelry collection, her personal art collection, a large stamp collection built up by her grandfather King George V, her annual income of around £12.5 million from the Duchy of Lancaster, and the income generated from the Crown Estate land, that had belonged to the royal family since 1066, that generated about £110 million a year, out of which £40 million is paid back to the British Government to cover the Monarchy's costs. It appears that the value of her three large properties privately owned by her have not been included in the estimation.
These are Sandringham House, Balmoral Castle, and the Castle of Mey. These properties have never been valued, but the Balmoral Castle alone is reputedly worth about £160 million. The Crown Estate Lands are said to be worth over £7.3 billion, and has not been included in the estimate.

The first in the list of Royals compiled by the Forbes Magazine is King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, the world's longest reigning monarch. with a staggering estimated fortune of £18.79 billion.

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