Does Queen Elizabeth Enjoy A Good Shopping Bargain?

Let’s face it: Most people absolutely love to shop. For some, it is comforting, or even therapeutic. After all, who doesn’t enjoy going to a store and picking out wonderful things to bring home and enjoy? There are times when we even look forward to grocery shopping.

For those who have unlimited funds, shopping is even more enjoyable. After all, how many times have we all walked into a store, spotted an item that we fell in love with on the spot, only to look at the price tag and realize it is way out of our means?

We can only imagine that members of the royal family have never had that happen. While people like Queen Elizabeth rarely, if ever, have to worry about the cost of anything, that doesn’t mean that they don’t enjoy looking for deals. So, does the queen enjoy a good shopping bargain?

Queen Elizabeth’s shopping habits

Queen Elizabeth II tours Queen Mother Square in Dorset.
Queen Elizabeth II | Samir Hussein/WireImage

It is reported by Business Insider that her majesty is worth a jaw-dropping amount of money — around $530 million dollars. With a bank account that the rest of us can only dream of, it is pretty likely that most royal fans imagine the queen picking out items that are more than the average person’s weekly paycheck.

However, as it turns out, this isn’t exactly the case. According to Us Weekly, Queen Elizabeth’s longtime dressmaker admitted that she is actually a bit on the frugal side. When she is looking for material to make a new outfit, she actually looks in bargain bins, which is pretty surprising considering how the queen can basically afford anything she could possibly want.

Even so, she loves to save a few dollars here and there and knowing that she got the most for her money makes her extremely happy. 

Does the queen do her own shopping?

Chances are, many people think that the queen has most likely never set foot in a retail or grocery store, given that she has plenty of people who can certainly do this for her. That is why it is refreshing to learn that Queen Elizabeth actually enjoys doing the shopping for herself when she can.

To make things even better, she even has a list of her favorite shops. According to Harper’s Bazaar, she has browsed the aisles of her local grocery store more than once. She even enjoys the selection of leather goods at Smythson, the handbags at Launer London, and the shoes at Anello & Davide of Kensington. 

Does Queen Elizabeth enjoy a good shopping bargain?

Actually, she does! Having access to millions of dollars doesn’t mean that she spends frivolously. Just like the rest of us, the queen often looks for a good bargain, enjoying when she can get a discount on an item that she really wants.

Royal fans will also appreciate a humorous story that was detailed in Angela Kelly’s book called The Other Side of the Coin: the Queen, the Dresser, and the Wardrobe. While visiting Singapore, Kelly was shopping for some fabric for her majesty and was looking for unbeatable prices. She was informed by vendors that she could claim tax back, and knew that Queen Elizabeth would want her to do just that.

Given the time that she spent searching for a bargain and waiting on the tax refund, she almost missed her flight home. Even so, the queen was delighted when she found out that Kelly was able to score a great deal.