Name: Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor, Queen Elizabeth II
Born: 21 April 1926
Occupation: Head of the British Monarchy, Head of State for the UK, Head of State for 15 other Commonwealth Realms, Queen of England. Basically rather busy…
Queen Elizabeth II is the eldest daughter and first child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. Born in 1926, Elizabeth spent the first years of her life at 145 Piccadilly (at the time her parents were simply known as the Duke and Duchess of York). Elizabeth was never expected to take the throne, however, in the early demise of her Grandfather, King George V, followed by the abdication of his son King Edward VIII, meant she was now next in line after her father.
Elizabeth married Lieutenant Phillip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947 in Westminster Abbey and took the throne four years later when she was just 25. The young Princess collected clothing coupons to pay for her wedding dress, just as any young bride had to do following the war, and the couple spent their honeymoon in Hampshire and then at Balmoral.
So far, Queen Elizabeth II has ruled successfully for more than five decades and still does so in her 86th year. She has four children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild and holds her family life very important. In fact, she insists that Christmas be spent together at Sandringham Palace in Norfolk each year.
Queen Elizabeth II has always been involved with charity work and currently holds over 600 patronages. She also still upholds the tradition of sending special birthday cards to subjects reaching 100 years of age, and couples celebrating their 60th wedding anniversaries. The Queen is very much a public figure even in her 86th year and is loved by millions the world over.
Although the Queen’s personal fortune has never been disclosed, her net worth is estimated to be around $478,000,000 (300,000,000 GBP). If you take into consideration the assets she holds in trust for the nation, it is closer to $27,000,000,000 (17,000,000,000 GBP).
So how much is $478 million dollars really?
Well, if she wanted a posh London residence she could buy the former residence of Lebanon’s late Prime Minister which has just been put on the market for the same amount of money the Queen has in her personal account. With its seven stories and 45 bedrooms, it covers the area of an international soccer pitch.
If she prefers something a bit more modest, she could buy around 1,790 average sized homes in the UK, rent them for the going rate, and make a profit of around $1,900,000 a month. After all, a queen really should be prudent in her spending.