How much land does the royal family own? STAGGERING size of the Crown Estate

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THE Royal Family, despite possessing minimal political influence, still owns a significant amount of British land. How much land does the royal family own?

The current Royal Family is the product of a thousand-year-long dynasty that started with William the Conqueror in 1066.

While he is long gone, some of the land he and his successors collected remains in the royal grasp to this day.

What remains is split between the Firm’s most senior members and their families.

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How much land does the royal family own? STAGGERING size of the Crown Estate (Image: GETTY)

Royal family land: Regent Street

Royal family land: The Crown Estate owns all of Regent Street (Image: GETTY)

But the majority belongs to the Queen, which she holds as the monarch via the Crown Estate.

The Queen does not own the portfolio privately, and it drifts between each reigning monarch, which they hold for their tenure before passing it on to the next generation.

Holdings on the estate include land in urban, rural and marine areas in the UK and the Windsor estate.

Considered altogether, the Crown Estate holds hundreds of thousands of hectares of land.

The size of the Crown Estate’s urban portfolio

The Crown Estate splits properties under its urban ownership between the UK and Wales.

That aspect of the portfolio includes significant areas of London, including the entirety of Regent Street and half of Westminster’s St James’s district around the corner.

The estate also has properties in Exeter, Oxford, Newcastle, Harlow, Nottingham and Swansea.

Royal family land: The Queen at Windsor

Royal family land: Windsor is comparatively small compared to the other Crown Estate properties (Image: GETTY)

The size of the Crown Estate’s rural portfolio

The Crown Estate’s rural holdings have a more precise measurement, according to its website.

They comprise of agriculture, forest and mineral ownership over roughly 116,000 hectares (286,642 acres).

The estate also includes some residential properties scattered across its land.

The size of the Windsor Estate

The Windsor Estate, home to Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II’s primary haunt, is comparatively modest in size.

The entire estate makes up roughly 6,300 hectares (15,567 acres) in total, spread across properties, agriculture, parkland, forestry and more.

That land includes Windsor Castle, its Home Park, Windsor Great Park and Ascot Racecourse.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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