From Vintage Cars To Priceless Jewels: Expensive Items Only the Royal Family Can Obtain
| LAST UPDATE 07/20/2021
The royal family's legacy dates back centuries and includes lavish country homes, vintage cars, and, of course, Crown Jewels. But how much are their properties and shiny objects worth? Take a look at these luxuries fit for a Queen.
Prince Harry's Dege & Skinner Wedding Uniform
Prince Harry’s romance with Megan Markle was regarded as the stuff of fairytales: a woman with no royal connection falling for a prince. The love affair captured hearts worldwide, and their wedding became an event not to be missed.
Being such an important day (and with the eyes of the world tuning in), the Prince made sure that no expense was spared when it came to his outfit. Harry wed his bride in a custom-made Blues and Royals uniform from Dege & Skinner that, according to Insider, cost $10,246.
Prince William's 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 Motorcycle
Not many may know that Prince William has a love of speed, but the royal said himself that riding bikes has been a passion of his since he was a young boy. So when Triumph Motorcycles opened their Visitor Experience Centre in 2018, William did the honors. He even rode one of the Triumph Tiger 1200 models.
It seems that the future king of England enjoyed the experience as he later purchased one of the bikes for himself. While the Duke of Cambridge enjoyed the anonymity which wearing a helmet offered, William reportedly put his hobby on hold as it frightened the Queen!
Meghan Markle's Tan Givenchy Dress
Meghan Markle is arguably one of the most stylish women in the world, and she did not disappoint during her first public appearance without Prince Harry. The Duchess of Sussex stood proudly beside Queen Elizabeth II in a flattering dress by French fashion house Givenchy.
The stunning dress perfectly complemented the former actress, and the matching shawl made of wool crépe ensured that her shoulders did not feel the English chill. It seems worth every penny of the whopping $18,000 that Insider Magazine reported that it cost.
Queen Elizabeth's 4-Strand Pearl Necklace
Pearls have long since been considered a symbol of elegance, so it is only natural that the head of the Monarchy would have a string of them in her jewelry collection. These, in particular, consist of four strands held together by a platinum and diamond clasp.
The necklace was a gift bestowed to the Queen by the government of Japan and is said to be worth $34,093, according to the royal family’s official website. It was recently seen around the neck of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, at the funeral of Prince Philip.
Prince Harry's 2015 Jaguar F-Type
Some people buy a Ferrari when going through a mid-life crisis, and Prince Harry admitted that his purchase of a 2015 Jaguar F-Type was something similar. While celebrating his 30th birthday, the young royal decided to get himself the luxury car, telling motoringresearch.com that he had begun “feeling old."
Regardless of the reason for Harry adding the $63,000 vehicle to his collection, the sports car is an impressive one — it boasts 340 horsepower and can go from 0-60 mph in just four seconds. And did we mention the seats that heat up and electric doors that pop out at a touch?
Queen Elizabeth's Maple Leaf Brooch
When her father passed away in 1952, Queen Elizabeth became not only the ruling monarch in Britain but the head of all the Commonwealth countries. While many have since gained independence and left the realm, Canada has stayed loyal to the royal family and queen.
Members of the Windsor clan who embark on royal engagements to Canada are likely to be seen wearing a brooch in the shape of a maple leaf — the country’s national symbol. The $136,372 diamond-encrusted pin was a gift to the Queen from her late father before her first Canadian trip.
Meghan Markle's Givenchy Wedding Dress
Megan Markle has worn Givenchy for many royal milestones, so it was practically a given that the former actress would choose the French fashion house to dress her when she walked down the aisle. The brand’s artistic director, Clare Waight Keller, designed the gorgeous gown, which cost $265,000.
Embracing her new role as the Duchess of Sussex and a member of the royal family which governs the Commonwealth, Meg requested that her dress represent this. As such, Keller included a handmade flower from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations — as well as a California poppy from where Meghan grew up — on the bride’s veil.
Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen Wedding Dress
From the moment that Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they were to marry in 2011, speculation grew over who the future queen would be wearing as she walked down the aisle. The dress and its designer were kept under wraps until Catherine stepped out of the car to enter Westminster Abbey.
Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, worked closely with the bride to create the bespoke gown that combined tradition and modernity. The result was an ivory Victorian-inspired ensemble that featured lace cut-outs, a 9-foot train, and cost $332,000.
Prince Charles' Aston Martin DB6 Volante
After having exchanged vows at Westminster Abbey, Prince William drove his new wife, Kate Middleton, to their reception at Clarence House. The short trip was made in a blue Aston Martin DB6 Volante that actually belonged to the groom’s father, Prince Charles.
Charles had received the two-seater convertible as a gift for his 21st birthday from his mother, the Queen. The $359,200 vintage automobile has obviously been looked after quite well over the years and was in perfect condition to transport the newlywed couple — complete with a number plate that read “JU5T WED”.
Queen Elizabeth's Range Rover
One probably expects someone like the Queen to constantly be driven around by chauffeurs, but the truth is, not only does Elizabeth have a driver's license — she has a Range Rover too! On rare occasions, the ruling monarch can be seen behind the wheel of her $400,000 car.
The Queen typically wears a headscarf while driving, but one photo went viral as the 95-year-old appeared to be wearing a hoodie, leading to a series of memes. Her Majesty has also decided to personalize the luxury vehicle by adding a handmade ornament of a corgi (in honor of her beloved pets) to the car's hood.
Queen Alexandra's Wedding Necklace
The British royal line dates back centuries and includes Queen Alexandra, who was married to King Edward VII. For their wedding in 1863, the Danish-born royal received a necklace of button-style pearl and diamond clusters with pear-shaped pearl pendants. According to The Court Jeweller, the exquisite piece is valued at $419,220.
Although part of a collection designed to be worn together that included a tiara, earrings, and brooches, amongst other items, Queen Alexandra preferred to wear the necklace on its own. Decades later, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, broke tradition by wearing the statement piece with earrings to match.
Princess Diana's Diamond Sapphire Ring
Photos of Princess Diana will often include the late royal wearing a magnificent blue ring on her wedding finger. The sapphire piece was Lady Di’s engagement ring and caused controversy at the time as it was a catalog item, meaning anyone could get one of their own. That is if they had $60,000 lying around, of course.
As with most things, the item's price has since increased and, according to The Crown Chronicles, is now estimated at $500,000. However, the ring possesses more than monetary value as Prince William used it to propose to his bride, saying it was a way to ensure the late Princess Diana didn’t miss out on the big day.
Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau
When Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry in 2018, she did so with a rather prestigious piece of jewelry on her head. The bride's veil was supported by a diamond-encrusted flexible band made of 11 sections that featured a brooch of 10 diamonds at its center. The only thing brighter was the future Duchess’s smile.
The bandeau has a legacy of its own, dating back to Queen Mary’s wedding to George V in 1893. Queen Mary (aka Prince Harry’s great-great-grandmother) received the glittering tiara as a gift from the County of Lincoln. According to Elizabeth Angell of Town & Country, the piece is valued at $2,794,350.
Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara
One of the most striking pieces in the royal jewelry collection is the fringe tiara that dates back to Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother. It was given to Queen Mary by her cousin, Queen Victoria, as a wedding gift and featured as the “something borrowed” element on her big day.
47 diamond-encrusted bars and 46 narrower spikes make up the tiara which is valued at $6,818,630, according to the Royal Collection Trust. The wedding tradition associated with the tiara has continued as Queen Elizabeth lent it to granddaughter Princess Beatrice for her 2020 wedding.
Queen Elizabeth's Oriental Circlet Tiara
When one is a member of the royal family, there is no shortage of tiaras to choose from. This particular piece is more sentimental than most as Prince Albert designed it specifically for Queen Victoria. Encrusted with rubies and intricate flower designs, the tiara is worth $8,182,356, according to the Royal Collection Trust.
Prince Albert originally designed the tiara with opals — a particular favorite stone of his. After Victoria’s passing, however, the crown was inherited by her daughter-in-law, Queen Alexandra, who was not as fond of the iridescent jewel and had them replaced with rubies.
Queen Elizabeth's Bentley State Limousine
When not roaming around in her Range Rover, the Queen is driven by a private chauffeur in a Bentley State Limousine. As the maroon vehicle is used strictly during official events, it has been lifted out with security measures like bulletproof windows to keep Her Majesty safe.
Bentley created the limo especially for the Queen to celebrate her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and is one of only two ever made. The other, in fact, also belongs to the royal family! British car leasing company, Vanarama, has placed the worth of the four-seater at $13,983,080.
Queen Mary's Mosaic Fabergé Egg
Fabergé eggs have a long history of being associated with royalty as 52 of them were created for Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as gifts for their wives. According to Peter Carl Fabergé, who designed them, Queen Mary took three, one of which is the famed Mosaic Egg.
While all of the Fabergé eggs are unique and exquisite in their own way, the Mosaic Egg is certainly one to behold. The Royal Collection Trust has estimated its value at $25,700,000, which is likely the result of it including a collection of diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, garnets, and pearls.
William and Kate's Anmer Hall Home
Although Kensington Palace is the official residence of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess also own a country home known as Amner Hall. The property is situated on the royal family's Sandringham estate in Norfolk and was bestowed to the couple as a wedding gift by the Queen.
Along with their 3 children, William and Kate have inhabited the manor for most of the Coronavirus pandemic. The estate has even been seen in the background of their official Zoom engagements. With 10 bedrooms, a pool, and a tennis court, the home is valued at $41,814,900.
Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham Estate
Just a short stroll from William and Kate’s home is the Queen’s residence of Sandringham House. Sandringham is one of Her Majesty’s private homes and has been in the family for generations. The Queen's grandfather, George V, called it “the place I love better than anywhere else in the world.”
The Norfolk property is estimated at $65,000,000 and includes a ballroom, bowling alley, billiard room, and library — not to mention around 20,000 acres of land to roam. With so many features, it is no surprise that the Queen reportedly spends two months of the year at the magnificent property.
Queen Elizabeth's HMY Britannia
What is a queen without a ship named after her? While the QE2 is probably the most famous sea vessel bearing Queen Elizabeth’s name, the lady herself prefers sailing on a different liner. The HMY Britannia was designed as a floating palace and was once described by the Queen as the “one place I can truly relax.”
With a place on board for the Queen’s cars and even a private hospital, the yacht is valued at $69,607,250, according to the Royal Yacht Britannia website. Retired from service in 1997, the ship was originally intended for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip to take refuge in the event of a nuclear war.
King Edward VII's Cullinan III and IV Diamonds Brooch
The largest diamond in the world was discovered in a small mining town in South Africa in 1905. The stone weighed more than 600 grams and, owing to its prestige, was cut into 9 smaller diamonds that have been used as part of the Sovereign’s Sceptre with Cross and the Imperial State Crown.
Two of the diamonds, Cullinan III and IV — weighing in at 94.4 and 63.6 carats — were made into a brooch whose value Vogue has placed at $100,000,000. The largest of the diamond’s cuts is 530 carats, and as the biggest clear-cut diamond in the world, it is named the Great Star of Africa.
Queen Elizabeth's McDonald's Drive Through
Just because you are a royal doesn’t mean that you can’t crave a Big Mac and fries every now and again! Luckily for Queen Elizabeth, she has her own branch of Mcdonald's. The franchise is located at Banbury Gateway Shopping Park in Oxfordshire, which is part of the park Her Majesty bought in 2008.
Unlike most McDonald’s, this branch is fit for a queen, including leather couches, digital menu boards, free electronic tablets, lounge chairs, and waiters who come to the table. McDonald’s has estimated the restaurant’s value at $128,220,400, but we hope its food is still as affordable as other McDs!
Queen Elizabeth's Buckingham Palace
Nothing screams royalty as much as Buckingham Palace. The manor is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth. British citizens often gather at the gates to pay their respects in times of mourning or cheer when celebrations are afoot. Originally built in 1703, the property has expanded and is now worth $6,850,347,000!
Within the walls of Buckingham Palace, guests will find 52 bedrooms, 78 bathrooms, 92 offices, 188 bedrooms for staff, 19 staterooms, a doctor’s surgery, a cinema, and even a post office! It’s no wonder the Queen carries her handbag with her wherever she goes — imagine trying to find it in that house!
Charles II's Leonardo Da Vinci Sketches
As one would expect, the royal family has some extremely valuable artwork in its collection. But according to the Royal Collection Trust, there is one set of drawings that is absolutely priceless… Somehow, King Charles II managed to obtain 600 originals sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci himself.
Amongst the priceless items is the Italian artist’s famous series known as “The Muscles of the Neck and Shoulder.” In 2019, Queen Elizabeth exhibited Da Vinci’s best drawings at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death.
King George VI's Imperial State Crown
If ever proof was needed that the Queen has a strong head on her shoulders, it is the fact that she can wear the Imperial State Crown. The incredible piece has a weight of 2.3 pounds and is too heavy for Her Majesty to even look down when reading a speech!
In addition to the Cullinan II diamond, the crown is also set with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and hundreds of pearls, according to Woman & Home. The current version was created in 1937 and was reduced in size to fit Elizabeth’s head. Regardless of the jewels it bears, the crown’s prestige alone makes it priceless.