Queen Elizabeth Has Made Over $8 Million Thanks to This 1 Sport She Absolutely Loves
The royal family is worth around $88 billion, Forbes estimates. The poster family for “posh” wants for nothing — that’s not a secret. However, Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch herself, has a very fruitful habit.
The queen’s love of horse racing can be very profitable if you’re good at the sport — which she is. According to CNN, she has made over $8 million off of races. And it turns out her love for the animals (and the sport) goes back to her childhood.
The queen is already worth hundreds of millions of dollars
A few years ago, Forbes revealed that Queen Elizabeth has a personal net worth around $500 million. This wealth comes from her property holdings, stud farms of horses, and “marine land throughout the U.K.”
The queen’s worth also includes her art and fine jewelry collection. She also holds the world’s largest stamp collection, titled the Royal Philatelic Collection, which her grandfather built, worth as much as $142 million, according to some estimates.
Next: The queen’s favorite sport
She loves horse racing
“Find someone who looks at you the way Queen Elizabeth looks at horses,” Vogue joked, and it wasn’t wrong. Queen Elizabeth has honed the “sport of kings,” using the registered racing colors that both her father and great-grandfather King Edward VII used: purple and scarlet jockey jackets with gold braiding.
She won her first race as a horse owner in 1949 at 23 years old, according to People. She has serious skill in the sport, as well, which we’ll explore next.
Next: She excels at it.
And she’s clearly good at it
Queen Elizabeth is the first monarch to be named a British flat racing Champion Owner twice. According to CNN, her thoroughbred horses have won 451 out of 2,815 runs over the past 30 years. In 2017, she won 20 races and made over $500,000.
She has experienced victories at four of the five British Classic Races: St. Leger Stakes, Epsom Oaks, 1,000 Guineas, and 2,000 Guineas. According to CNN, the only race she hasn’t won at is the Epsom Derby.
Next: The queen began riding at a young age.
She got her first horse at age 4
Her father, King George, gave her her first horse — a Shetland pony named Peggy — at age 4. There are countless photographs of the young royal riding, including one particularly touching picture of Queen Elizabeth during a riding lesson at 13 years old.
Another iconic photograph shows Ronald Reagan during his presidency riding alongside the queen.
Next: Watch a rare instance where the queen “lost her cool.”
She’s actually lost her cool over them
Queen Elizabeth II may have people worldwide losing their cool around her; however, she’s known for her disciplined and suave demeanor. That makes this video, in which the queen lets her guard down — and nearly sprints — even more exciting to watch.
You can watch her “hustle to the royal balcony” during the 1991 Epsom Derby to view the end of a horse race. “They’re off!” she yells. You can hear her instruct the horses, “You’re on the wrong leg! Look, it’s on the wrong leg, no wonder it can’t go ’round the corner!” while biting her lip.
Next: At 91 years old, she still participates in her favorite hobby.
She still horseback rides
The monarch, now 91 years old, was last spotted horseback riding along the River Thames at Windsor Castle in March 2017. She rode alongside her head groom (responsible for her horses and stables) Terry Pendry, according to the Daily Express
“Who else is riding at 90? That’s what’s so incredible,” said Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and the queen’s daughter-in-law. We couldn’t agree more.
Next: We’re eager to see this member of the royal family join her great-grandmother.
Maybe she’ll pass the hobby onto her great-granddaughter
Queen Elizabeth’s great-granddaughter Princess Charlotte is set to follow in her footsteps. Her mother, Kate Middleton, told equestrian Natasha Baker that Charlotte is already “really enjoying her riding,” which Middleton plans to “do her best to champion and encourage.”
Prince William and Prince Harry both regularly play polo in support of their various charities. Here’s to hoping that Queen Elizabeth passes her skill — both in riding and racing — onto the princess!
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