When it comes to insanely beautiful properties owned by the royal family, you probably know the basics like Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle. But, according to , the royals have $18 billion worth in property, which means there are a lot other estates and palaces you might not know about.
Here are 20 luxurious properties that'll make you wish you were royal, even more so then usual.
No biggie, but this property delivers an annual income of around $20 million. The Duchy of Lancaster is owned by The Duke of Lancaster, AKA Queen Elizabeth. The estate is made up of 18,433-hectares, which is equivalent to over 45,000 acres (!). It's spread across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire, and Lincolnshire.
The property provides income for the queen (that $20 mil mentioned above), and is a separate entity from the Crown Estate, which is a collection of lands and holdings in the United Kingdom belonging to the British monarch. Pictured above is Lancaster Castle in Lancashire, but since this land covers several cities, there are 13 castles total on the estate.
You might also know this as the place where the royal family celebrates Christmas every year (looking at you, The Crown fans). Queen Elizabeth inherited the property from her father in 1952, and it's a completely private residence owned by the royal family. It's an 8,000 hectare-estate, which is equivalent to around 19,000 acres.
Fun fact: Meghan Markle celebrated Christmas here last year, even though she and Prince Harry were only engaged at the time. The couple broke royal protocol by doing this, which says only spouses can be there for Christmas.
This 547-room palace is divided into apartments and offices, and is famously home to Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
You'll find William and Kate living in apartment 1A, which is four floors and 20 rooms big. Oh, and, it cost nearly $7 million dollars to renovate in 2014, reports. Meanwhile, Harry and Meghan are currently living in (where William and Kate once lived), which has two bedrooms, a living room, dining room, and two bathrooms. There are that the newlyweds will be moving into Apartment 1—next to Will and Kate—which will have a total of 21 rooms.
Should you ever be looking for the queen, this is where you'll find her during the summer. Balmoral Castle is the royal family's vacation home, sitting on 50,000-acres with 150 buildings total. According to Princess Eugeine, it's "the most beautiful place in the world." In the documentary Our Queen At Ninety, Eugenie also said, "I think Granny is the most happy there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands." I mean, can you blame her? Look at that place!
Now the queen's official residence in Scotland, this palace—which is also known as Holyrood—began as a monastery in 1128. The property is open to the public year-round, and the Holyrood Abbey, the Palace Gardens, and the State Apartments.
Remember when Kate Middleton the story about how Prince William proposed? This is the Palace she was telling it from. On top of being the spot where Will and Kate announced their engagement to the world in 2010, it's also where Prince George was christened in 2013. When it's not being used by the royal family for special occasions, it hosts charity receptions.
This should look extremely familiar. Windsor Castle has St. George's Chapel, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently got married. In addition to hosting royal weddings, Windsor Castle is the queen's weekend getaway home.
Built between 1825 and 1827, the Clarence House is the official residence of Prince Charles and Camilla. Before them, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip also lived in the townhouse when they got married in 1947.
With a total of 775 rooms, this is the Queen's official London residence. It's a working royal palace, which means it's not a private residence. Inside there are 19 state rooms, which are basically public rooms where members of the Royal Family entertain their guests on ceremonial and official occasions. Then there are 52 bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, plus 78 bathrooms. I don't think I've even used 78 restrooms in my lifetime.
The Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne. In 2004, the queen oversaw two years of renovations and it finally reopened in 2006. Every June there are the week-long Royal Ascot races that the queen attends along with around 300,000 members of the public.
The former 12-bedroom home of the Duke and Duchess of York (a wedding gift from the Queen) was sold for 15 million pounds after their divorce and left to decay. Now, it's being rebuilt by a Kazakh billionaire.
Located approximately one mile from the main house at Balmoral estate, the 7-bedroom stone house was used by Prince Charles and Princess Diana during the summer. Currently, members of the royal family and their guests stay there.
This little thatched cottage was gifted to Queen Elizabeth on her 6th birthday by the people of Wales. Built two-fifths to scale, it contains a living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret tended to it themselves, though now the royal children get the most use out of it. It currently sits on the grounds of the Royal Lodge.
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall purchased this shortly after their marriage. Set on 215 acres in Wales, the home is sustainable, featuring energy-efficient appliances, low-energy lighting, and is insulated by natural sheep's wool. The gardens and grounds are also managed under organic farming principles.
Now the official Northern Ireland residence of the queen, Queen Elizabeth spent family holidays there in the 1940s, and continues to visit today. It's set on 100 acres of gardens, meadows, and trimmed lawns.
The private residence of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, members of the public can tour the seriously impressive gardens on selected dates each year.
Princess Anne calls this stunning estate her country residence. Her daughter, Zara Tindall, and husband currently live there with their two daughters, and it is undergoing a two-story extension.
The former home of the Queen Mother, Birkhall is now the home of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall when they stay at Balmoral. The house was bought by Queen Victoria for the Prince of Wales.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their family reside in Bagshot Park, a 21-acre estate within Windsor Great Park. It's comprised of the mansion house, stables, and several lodges. Historically, it was a favorite hunting ground for the Stuart kings.
This stunning Georgian property is the country home of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It's located on Sandringham Estate, and was gifted to the couple by the Queen after their wedding. The couple actually lived here full time after Princess Charlotte was born. It features a swimming pool, tennis court, and 10 bedrooms.