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11 Surprising things Queen Elizabeth II owns

From swans on the River Thames to dolphins, here are 11 surprising things owned by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-serving monarch in British history. Her reign began way back in 1952 and, since then, she has seen a number of changes.

And of course, there are certain perks when it comes to being the Queen of England. Here are some surprising things Queen Elizabeth II owns:

She owns all the Swans on the River Thames

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According to MentalFloss, in addition to being the reigning queen of 16 Commonwealth realms and the Paramount Chief of Fiji the Queen is also the owner and caretaker of Britain’s swans.

“She shares ownership of the birds with the Worshipful Company of Vintners and the Worshipful Company of Dyers, an arrangement that dates back to the 15th century.”

All the Dolphins in the United Kingdom

A statute from 1324, which originated 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, except in certain places privileged by the king.”

The law still stands today and covers not just whales and sturgeons but dolphins and porpoises, too, when they are captured within three miles of the United Kingdom.

Regent Street

According to Tepilo, the Queen owns the whole of Regent Street, a shopper’s paradise in the heart of London’s West End which is famous for its flagship stores and appearance on the Monopoly board.

“With more than 7.5 million tourists a year and 20,000 workers employed there, Regent Street was the world’s very first shopping street and is renowned for its Grade II listed facades, contemporary art and retail prowess.”

The Tower of London

The property, which dates to the 11th century, has played an enormous role in royal history and is still one of the city’s most visited tourist attractions, according to MentalFloss. It all belongs to Queen Elizabeth including the Crown Jewels and, by extension, the Tower’s famed flock of ravens.

The Royal Collection

The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most widely distributed art collections in the world.

Running to more than a million objects, it is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of Kings and Queens over the past 500 years. The collection is spread among 13 occupied and historic royal residences in the United Kingdom and is owned by the Queen and overseen by the Royal Collection Trust. The Queen owns some of the collection in right of the Crown and some as a private individual.

Queen Victoria’s Sketchbook

The Queen is Queen Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter and owns her sketchbook.

Its reported that during her regular visits to Balmoral, Queen Victoria was able to sketch on an almost daily basis. Year after year, she returned with her paintbox and sketchbooks to favourite spots on the estate in order to sketch directly from life and to observe the changing atmospheric conditions. 

Racehorses

It should be no surprise that the Queen owns a couple of prize-winning horses.

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According to Harper’s Bazaar, the Queen’s horses have won almost £7 million in prize money over the past 30 years. She has recorded 451 race wins up to 2017, with her winnings spanning over three decades.

The Diamond Diadem

The Diamond Diadem is said to be the Queen’s most famous piece of jewellery. According to The Crown Fandom, the Diamond Diadem, is worn by the Queen to the State Opening of Parliament. The diadem was commissioned by King George IV in 1820 and created by the Crown jewellers Rundle and Bridge.

It includes 1333 diamonds weighing in excess of 320 carats, including a four-carat yellow diamond. Between the crosses are roses, thistles and shamrocks, the flowers of England, Ireland and Scotland.

Fabergé eggs and accessories

The Queen also owns a collection of Fabergé eggs and accessories.

“Also part of the Royal Collection, the collection was started by Queen Alexandra and Edward VII around the turn of the century and is now estimated to include 600 pieces. Many of the pieces have been put on display to the public, including a blue cigarette case that was given to Edward VII by one of his many mistresses, Alice Keppel.”

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is known as a “royal peculiar,” meaning that it belongs directly to the monarch, not a diocese.

Open Spaces

Apart from owning Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyrood Palace, Hillsborough Castle, the Sandringham Estate and Balmoral Castle, the Queen also owns some of England’s most famous wide-open spaces, including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and The Green Park.

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