Queen Elizabeth II Estates and Homes ( 6 )
Sandringham House has been the personal home of four generations of the British Royal Family, and is situated at the seventh most populous English county Norfolk. Her Majesty owned red brick house was constructed by architect Cornish Henley in 1771 and later on modified in a mix of styles.
Location: The Royal family’s private house is located in Norfolk, England.
Accommodation: The Queen’s lavish house features 20,000 acres of forest and 60 acres of lush garden. The main rooms hold enormous space while the bay windows lighten up the magnificent interior. The plush home features a galleried entrance hall which is used by the royal family for family occasions. A more traditional style is reflected by the incorporated ball room while a contemporary style is depicted by the incorporated flushing water closets and gas lighting.
The Queen’s Balmoral Castle in Scotland is her added asset among her handful of properties. Purchased in 1852 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the splendid castle is the private Scottish residence of Her Majesty and is her treasured paradise in the highlands. The original castle was considered inadequate for the Royal family’s needs and hence a new castle was built from granite which was completed in 1856 by the architect William Smith.
Location: The majestic castle is located in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Accommodation: The marvelous castle is a part of the 20,000 acre Balmoral estate and features a glorious architecture with a splendid flag at the castle tower’s top. The Royal flag of Scotland is flown when the Queen is not in the castle while it is replaced by the Royal Standard when Her Majesty is in residence. The castle exteriors include forestry and farmland and preserved wildlife in form of herds of deer, cattle and ponies.
The official residence of the British Monarch, Buckingham Palace is the Queen’s preferred place for state occasions and royal hospitality. Designed by William Winde, the beautiful palace features the early 19th century designs.
Location: The marvelous palace is situated in the City of Westminster in London.
Accommodation: The Royal palace features 830,000 sq ft of floor space and incorporates a total of 775 rooms which include 19 state rooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 52 royal and guestrooms and 92 offices. The interiors are furnished and adorned with unique pieces of art. The majestic building measures 108 meters in length and 24 meters in height and includes a Ballroom, a Throne room, State dining room and a Music room. The Ballroom is the largest multipurpose room in the palace which is primarily meant for concert and performances of art. Many distinguished personalities have dined at the State dining room while at special occasions, the Queen receives the loyal addresses in the Throne room The palace’s East front features the renowned balcony which is employed by the Royal family to greet the outside crowd.
Another official residence of the Queen, Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle in the world. The Queen utilizes the castle both as an official residence and a private home and spends her weekends at the lavish palace.
Location: The magnificent castle is located in Berkshire, England.
Accommodation: Windsor Castle is spread over an area of 13 acres and features Georgian and Victorian design based on a medieval architecture. The castle’s interior feature magnificent French and English furniture and are decorated with some of the premium artwork, armor and paintings while the walls bear portraits of monarchs in their order of reign. The castle’s splendid architecture makes it one of the greatest European palaces. Some of the areas which were damaged due to the fire in November 1992 have been brilliantly restored by some of the finest British craftsmen.
Holyrood house is another official residence of the Monarch and is the prime site for state ceremonies and official visits by distinguished personalities. The palace is open for community visits throughout the year, except for when the Royal family members are in the residence.
Location: The magnificent palace is located in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.
Accommodation: The palace architecture reflects the work of the late 17th century. The largest room in the palace, The Great gallery is decorated with portraits of the Scottish monarchs. Other prominent rooms include – The Royal Dining room, splendid Throne room and glorious Drawing rooms. The interiors feature glorious Italian paintings while the exteriors appear magnificent with the marvelous lush greenery and superb architecture. The palace garden is spread over an approximate area of 10 acres
Another palace in the list of the Queen’s official residences, Hillsborough Castle is also used by the Royal family on their visit to Northern Ireland. The castle’s construction was started by Lord Hillsborough, and was finally completed by R. F. Brettingham in 1797. The castle featured a simple rectangular construction in the beginning and later further extensions were added to develop the beautiful Georgian mansion.
Location: The 18th century Georgian mansion is situated in the village of Hillsborough, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Accommodation: Prominent rooms in the castle include – Throne room, Function room and some other rest rooms. All the formal ceremonies take place in the marvelously adorned Throne room while Function room is the place for serving tea and refreshments to the Queen’s guest. Other rooms are decorated with beautiful furniture and master pieces of art. The castle’s spectacular garden offers an ultimate calm atmosphere along with splendid views of the surroundings.
Queen Elizabeth II Hobbies ( 1 )
The Queen of Great Britain adored horses since her childhood days, which lead to horse riding as her favorite hobby. Her Majesty often went for an early morning horse ride in the lush grounds of her Official residence Windsor Castle. The Queen also cherished horse riding with her grandchildren amid the bluebells of the Windsor Great Park. She also admired and attended the Britain’s largest outdoor equestrian show “Royal Windsor Horse Show” held at the grounds of her Windsor Castle. She would cheer with delight as her horse passed the finish line in the race event.
Queen Elizabeth II Autos and Cars ( 4 )
Bentley State Limousine
The Queen’s official state car “Bentley State Limousine” was especially created by Bentley on Elizabeth’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. The Royal car is employed only for Official engagements and is always guarded by Royal Protection Squad Vehicles and neighboring police vehicles. Equipped with twin turbocharged 6.75 liter V8 engine, the luxury car delivers splendid 400hp with a remarkable top speed of 130 mph. It features a mount on its roof and incorporates broad coach doors which easily open up to 90 degrees. Other noticeable attributes of the plush car include - armored bodywork and glass, blast resistant cabin and lambswool sateen cloth upholstered rear seats offering enhanced comfort.
The Queen of Great Britain owns a Land Rover Defender, one of her favorite cars which she drives herself while being with family in Balmoral estate. Her Majesty also used to get pleasure from the Royal Windsor Horse show in the personal grounds of Windsor castle, sitting in her Royal Land Rover car. Equipped with a powerful engine, comfortable interiors, stunning exteriors and a world class suspension, the road beast was designed for pure class performance making it the Queen’s adorable car.
1984 Daimler Double Six Long-Wheelbase Saloon
The Queen’s exclusive collectibles includes a 1984 Jaguar Daimler Double Six Long-Wheelbase Saloon, which was especially designed in 1984 for the Queen’s drive around her Windsor estates. Her Majesty's personal vehicle incorporated a range of unique features which include exceptional communications systems, flashing lights and a rear bench for the Queen’s pet dogs. Before its delivery to the Queen, the vehicle underwent 2,000 miles of testing to ensure its superior performance. The royal car transported eminent personalities including The Queen, princes, princesses and prime ministers to various events across the kingdom and was auctioned for $77,000 in 2010.
It was a regal sight at the 2010 Royal Windsor Horse Show to see the queen, Elizabeth II, riding in the Range Rover with a slight physical modification - a corgi bling statue on the bonnet. A sensation when it was launched in the 1970s, the latest Range Rover is a powerhorse which is also light and luxurious. It has shed a good 200 kgs off the predecessors and arrives with either a powerful 4.4-litre diesel SDV8 or an equally powerful petrol V8 both of which are twin-turbocharged. The 4-wheel drive, 8-speed transmission SUV costs about $400,000 - a small price for the monarch!
Queen Elizabeth II Cause ( 2 )
Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children
Formed from the 1942 unification of the “Princess Elizabeth of York Hospital” for Children, Shadwell and the “Queen’s Elizabeth Hospital for Children” in Bethnal Green, “The Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children” is situated in London, England. In 1963, The Shadwell site was stopped and the hospital became a part of the Royal Hospital’s NHS trust. Currently, the hospital services have been shifted to the Royal London Hospital, disusing the Bethnal site. Equipped with the latest medical diagnosis systems, the hospital offers health and medical services to young children.
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Her Majesty is a patron of more than 620 charities and associations, “The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge” being one of them. Established in 1698, by Anglican Priest “Thomas Bray”, the society is the oldest Anglican mission organization. The society was founded to promote Christian education, Christian literature and a rich diversity of Christian traditions. The society has three arms – “Publishing”, which covers prayer and worship resources, “Diffusion”, producing innovative materials and “Worldwide”, which monitors the distribution of educational materials for overseas Christians.
Queen Elizabeth II Pets ( 1 )
The world’s best-known reigning monarch is known for keeping several Corgis on the royal grounds. Her extreme adore for Corgis is evident from the fact that Her Majesty had nearly 30 Corgis at once, labeling her as the world’s greatest Corgi lover. At present she owns 10 Corgis, most of which are descendants of Susan, the charming Pembroke which Princess Elizabeth received as her 18th birthday gift. The Queen was most of the times photographed playing with her cute dogs, making them a celebrity breed for the present society.
Queen Elizabeth II Collectibles ( 2 )
The Royal Philatelic Collection
The postage stamp collection of the British Royal family, The Royal Philatelic Collection is the most comprehensive compilation of postage stamps of the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth. The collection’s exclusive contents comprise - The Kirkcudbright penny black first day cover, a 1907 Cayman Islands stamp overprint, Post Office Mauritius 'Ball' cover and two 13p 'Sweet Briar' stamps with error. Prince Alfred of the Royal family was a serious stamp collector. He sold his collection to his elder brother Edward VII, who later gave it to his son George V, who housed the collection in red, blue and green albums according to the reign of the corresponding monarch.
The Royal stamp collection was initially kept at Buckingham palace before finally housing it in St. James Palace, London, where a panel of dedicated experts takes care of it. The unique collection is open for public display and is often sent for International exhibitions only after attaining consent from The Queen.
Her Majesty owns a royal collection of extremely rare pieces of jewels, which often goes on display in the Buckingham Palace on royal occasions. The Queen’s Jewelry collection comprises her royal crown “The Girls of Great Britain Tiara”, also known as 'Granny's tiara' which is one of the most expensive assets of the Queen. The pearls at the top part of The Tiara were replaced with diamonds in 1920 by Queen Mary. Crafted with 1,200 diamonds, the Queen’s miniature crown is another addition to the splendid jewelry collection.
Other valuables in the treasure collection include - collet diamond necklace with a unique drop shaped diamond pendant of 22.48 carats, South African necklace and matching bracelet, diamond earrings, over 200 year old gemstones, a 23.6 carat uncut diamond from Tanzania and a marvelous black colored snuff box decorated with diamonds.