From property to jewellery, titles to artwork, the sovereign’s children and grandchildren have received some very impressive presents.
As Britain’s reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth has the power to bestow incredible gifts on the members of her extended family.
As the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan have joined the royal family, Her Majesty has extended her generosity to her granddaughters-in-law. She has shown her fondness for the new royals through pretty amazing and gifts.
In the month of March, the Queen’s youngest child was given a new title as the Earl of Forfar. Edward will be able to use the title when visiting Scotland, with the title having last been used in 1715. His wife, Sophie, will be known as the Countess of Forfar.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor in the coming months, Her Majesty has given the couple a money-can’t-buy housewarming present.
Soon-to-be parents will be able to choose pieces of artwork from Queen Elizabeth’s private collection to hang in their new home. That also includes pieces from Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Andy Warhol.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Following the fairy-tale wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011, the Queen gifted the royal couple their own property on Sandringham estate. Anmer Hall was built in 1802 and the couple is known to escape to the ten-bedroom home, when they want to get away from the public eye.
Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank was the second big royal wedding of 2018. However, Queen Elizabeth ensured that her granddaughter wasn’t outshone on her big day.
The core aspects of the wedding and reception were all paid for by the present reigning monarch. And Eugenie also was loaned the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara from Her Majesty’s collection as her ‘something borrowed’.
The Queen wedding gift to Zara Tindall.
When Zara Tindall married rugby player, Mike Tindall in 2011, Queen Elizabeth ensured that her oldest granddaughter enjoyed her day in style.
Queen Elizabeth closed Holyroodhouse, her official residence in Edinburgh, for five days during Zara’s wedding. This cost the royal collection £40,000 in admissions, all of which the monarch reimbursed from her own pocket.
In 1987, Her Majesty gifted Princess Anne the new title of Princess Royal. The title was first used in 1642, with the last royal to hold this time being Princess Mary from 1932-65. As Princess Royal, Anne supports the Queen’s role as sovereign and carries out official duties on her behalf.
In 2017 the Queen and Philip celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary. And the monarch honoured him by bestowing him with a new title as Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
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The personal appointment was a recognition of “services to the sovereign”. It came with the Queen thanking Philip for being her “strength and stay” for 70 years.
When Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in the year 1986, Her Majesty gifted her son a new home in Berkshire. Sunninghill Park was built after the royal couple married and was dubbed ‘SouthYork’.
As with the Duchess of York, Sarah staying in the property with her two daughters, Prince Eugenie and Princess Beatrice following the couple’s divorce in 1996.