It's non-numismatic, but interesting nonetheless. The U.K. Cosmopolitan magazine recently ran a piece about Queen Elizabeth and her stamp collection. Here's an
excerpt. See the complete article online for more. -Editor
While you and I are struggling to make enough money to do a weekly shop in M&S, Queen Elizabeth is apparently sitting on a cool £100million made entirely from her hobby...
of stamp collecting.
The monarch, whose net-worth is around $530million according to Forbes, is apparently a proud owner of a huge stamp collection that's raking in the pounds. The
Telegraph reports that it includes a Mauritian stamp valued at £2million, which was shown in a travelling exhibition to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.
In fact, according to royal expert Phil Dampier, the 93-year-old is so proud of her collection that she loves to show it off to visitors in Buckingham Palace.
“The Queen loves showing her stamp collection to visitors, say heads of state who stay at Buckingham Palace,” Dampier told Fabulous.
“It is one of her pride and joys, not only because she owns some of the world's most valuable stamps, but also because she has built on a family treasure and feels she has done
her father and previous monarchs who owned it proud.”
The collection was originally started by Queen Victoria's second son, Prince Alfred in 1864, but has been passed down through members of the royal family.
To read the complete article, see:
The Queen's stamp-collection hobby has apparently earned her £100
Wayne Homren, Editor
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