From Costa to McDonald's - the high street stores ‘owned’ by the Queen
All of these retailers have stores located on Crown Estate-owned property
The Queen’s property portfolio is understandably pretty impressive, though royal fans may not be aware of how extensive this is outside of the historic royal palaces.
- The Queen's land and property portfolio is far more extensive than many royal fans might imagine.
- Research has revealed that many popular British retailers have branches on Crown Estate-owned properties.
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It’s all too easy to think of the Queen’s property portfolio as being the beautiful historic palaces such as Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, and even Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s UK home, Frogmore Cottage. But it seems there’s far more to the 94-year-old monarch’s property portfolio than you might imagine.
Royal fans might not ever get to witness the Queen enjoying a Nando’s or McDonald’s meal, but it turns out that she actually ‘owns’ several of them - in a matter of speaking, anyway. Bankrate.com has looked into the Queen’s property and land portfolio and it reportedly expands to retail parks and even shopping centers.
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The Crown Estate is owned by the reigning monarch “in right of the Crown”, with the Queen owning it for the duration of her reign, before it passes to her successor, though the Queen is not involved in management decisions. The amount of property and land owned by the Crown Estate is substantial.
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Retail parks and shopping centres may be poles apart from the grand castles and palaces we typically associate with members of the Royal Family.
But with a reported 450,786 acres of land ownership - the equivalent of Greater London in size - the Queen ‘owns’ retail premises that thousands of people visit every year.
What retail stores are located on Crown Estate-owned property?
High-street giant M&S seems to be the most often seen retailer on Crown Estate-owned property, with 15 of their stores located there. Popular British coffee chain Costa also features regularly, as does clothing and homeware store, Next, both with 12 stores on Crown Estate-owned property.
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And the Queen won’t go hungry as there are also reportedly 8 McDonald’s and 7 Nando’s located on her land and if the monarch ever finds herself broken down, there are 5 Halfords stores to choose from on Crown Estate-owned property.
Other familiar stores that are understood to feature frequently on Crown Estate-owned property include everyone’s favourite global coffee chain, Starbucks, as well as high street health and beauty retailers, Boots and Superdrug.
So the next time you visit one of these popular chains, it might turn out to be ‘owned’ by the Queen.
Who’d have thought it!
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with six years of experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas including literature, the British Royal Family and knowing all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and every streaming service out there. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, you can find Emma cooking and watching yet more crime dramas.
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