The Royal family is famous around the world for their weird and wonderful habits and hobbies, some of which stretch back across hundreds of years of history.
Whether it’s playing polo, driving carriages or grouse hunting, the royals do have some very exclusive and posh pastimes. But did you know that even some of the most privileged of people in the world enjoy some of the same creature comforts as us?
Leading by example, the Queen is said to collect the most random item for an unknown reason and you seriously won’t guess what it is!
When it comes to popular collectable items, you may first think of stamps, coins or wine, but the Queen opts for something that is slightly more unusual.
She collects pepper grinders. Yes, you read that correctly.
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While it is not known exactly why or when the now 95-year-old monarch embarked on her journey of collecting pepper grinders, she is said to find her selection very funny.
One of her favourites was a present from a friend which came from an Italian restaurant in the shape of a plastic waiter.
It is thought that when you crack the head for pepper, it shrieks in an Italian accent, “You’re breaking my neck!” which, by all accounts, the Queen is said to find hilarious.
But pepper grinders aren’t the only item that the Queen has taken a fancy to collecting. More traditionally, she has become the fifth generation royal to add to the historic family stamp collection.
Royal expert Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital: “The Queen loves showing her stamp collection to visitors, say heads of state who stay at Buckingham Palace.
“It is one of her pride and joys, not only because she owns some of the world’s most valuable stamps, but also because she has built on a family treasure and feels she has done her father and previous monarchs who owned it proud.”
The Queen hasn’t just left the collection as it was when the likes of Prince Alfred and King George V worked on it, she has added to it.
The rarest and most expensive addition was a Mauritian stamp which is valued at £2 million. It was shown in a travelling exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
The stamp is one of the most prized in the world and was issued by the colonial Post Office of Mauritius in 1847.
The Queen also spent £250,000 on a unique set of 10 Penny Blacks which are dated from the first day that they came into circulation, May 6, 1840.
The total value of the Royal Family’s extensive stamp collection is thought to be worth over £10 million.
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