Who Inherits Queen Elizabeth II’s Fortune?

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British Officer stands along route Queen Elizabeth II

Is Prince Charles III the sole heir of Queen Elizabeth’s fortune?

Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch, passed away on September 8th, at her estate at Balmoral, Scotland.  She was 96 years old.

The late Queen Elizabeth II amassed a fortune worth roughly $500 million over 70 years on the throne. This fortune includes assets, property, art, and jewelry. MSN’s recent article entitled “Queen Elizabeth Amassed a $500M Fortune, but Does It All Go to King Charles III?” explains that the monarchy’s tangible assets include the Crown Estate, the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall, the Royal Collection and the Crown Jewels. The royal family’s impact on the U.K. economy is primarily through tourism and free media coverage of Britain.

In 2021, it was reported that the crown holds, but cannot sell, nearly $28 billion in additional assets. These include the following:

  • The Crown Estate ($19.5 billion);
  • Buckingham Palace (est. $4.9 billion);
  • The Duchy of Cornwall ($1.3 billion);
  • The Duchy of Lancaster ($748 million);
  • Kensington Palace (est. $630 million); and
  • The Crown Estate Scotland ($592 million).

It’s also estimated Queen Elizabeth has another $500 million in personal assets.

Fortune reported she left over $500 million in personal assets to her oldest son, King Charles III. He will reportedly inherit that sum when he is formally crowned King of the United Kingdom next year on May 6th. The late queen’s assets include two castles: Sandringham and Balmoral Castle.

King Charles’ private expenses for himself and his extended family are paid via an allowance through the Duchy of Lancaster called the Privy Purse.

It’s not yet known if the late queen left a private will that provided for her three other children and their families.

Reference: MSN (Sep. 13, 2022) “Queen Elizabeth Amassed a $500M Fortune, but Does It All Go to King Charles III?”

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