Most Valuable Properties Owned by the World’s Royal Families

Most Valuable Properties Owned by the World’s Royal Families

Palace of Fontainebleau ©Anton Ivanov Photo/stock.adobe.com

Palace of Fontainebleau ©Anton Ivanov Photo/stock.adobe.com

Owning a sprawling Georgian manor or a billion-dollar central London Palace is a distant dream to many of us, but to the royal families of the world, it’s just another day at the top. Ruling a country has its downfalls, but it has its undeniable perks, too – like 30-bedroom mansions.

From the British House of Windsor to Miami-dwelling Swedish princesses, these reigning families certainly have an elevated taste when it comes to real estate. Queen Elizabeth II alone has a property portfolio that exceeds an eye-watering $14 billion, but she isn’t the only aristocrat that shuns Hilton’s in favor of private country estates. 

1. Kensington Palace

Regular Resident: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Country: England
Total Area: 25,000 square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $600 million*

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot, the entire world wondered where they would set up home. Just like Kate and Will, Harry and Meg moved into Kensington Palace. The palace itself has some incredible history, as that’s where Queen Victoria was born. Princess Diana also lived in the palace with her sons when they were little. 

Kensington Palace @AndreaJanke / Twitter.com | @photosabina / Facebook.com

Kensington Palace @AndreaJanke / Twitter.com | @photosabina / Facebook.com

Kensington Palace is home to Frogmore Cottage, a modest 1,000 square feet retreat where Meghan and Harry set up shop after getting married. As they stepped back from their royal duties they moved out and now live in LA.

2. Balmoral Castle

Regular Resident: Prince Albert
Country: Scotland
Total Area: 50,000 acres including land
Estimated Real Estate Value: $140 million*

Balmoral Castle first entered into the royal family when Prince Albert bought it as a rather expensive gift to his wife, Queen Victoria in 1852. Since then, the residence has become one of the most treasured pieces of property in the Windsor portfolio. 

Balmoral Castle ©Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com | ©Stuart Yeates / Wikimedia.org

Balmoral Castle ©Everett Collection / Shutterstock.com | ©Stuart Yeates / Wikimedia.org

The castle itself is a stately residence and one that Queen Elizabeth II loved just as much as her predecessors. Liz spent every summer at Balmoral, as can be seen in Netflix’s hit series, The Crown. With an estimated value of $140 million, it’s not hard to see why the Queen was so enamored with it.

3. Sandringham House

Regular Resident: No One, For Now 
Country: England
Total Area: 484,000 square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $65 million*

Sandringham House may not be a palace, but it was one of the Queen’s most favorite properties out of her expansive portfolio. Located in Norfolk, the home was Liz’s official country residence. Many photo shoots, parties, and family gatherings happened on the estate. Since the Queen has passed, it will be interesting to see who will take up residence there now, if anyone.. 

Sandringham House - Prince Philip ©Radomir Rezny / Shutterstock.com | @HRHroyalh / Facebook.com

Sandringham House – Prince Philip ©Radomir Rezny / Shutterstock.com | @HRHroyalh / Facebook.com

Interestingly, the house itself is only about 250 years old, which isn’t half as old as some of the other Royal residences. Prince Philip spent a lot of time at Sandringham, as did the Queen, who set up camp there for two months every winter. It’s a $65 million-dollar haven for anyone who comes to stay.

4. Royal Palace of Laeken

Regular Resident: King Philippe of Belgium
Country: Belgium 
Total Area: 270,000 square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $400 million*

While Queen Elizabeth might have been the world’s most famous monarch, there are plenty of royal palaces owned by different royal families across the world. The Royal Palace of Laeken is situated in Brussels, but many people confuse this grand residence with another palace in the same city. 

Royal Palace of Laeken King Philippe of Belgium @neuhaus / Facebook.com | ©Werner Lerooy / Shutterstock.com

Royal Palace of Laeken King Philippe of Belgium @neuhaus / Facebook.com | ©Werner Lerooy / Shutterstock.com

The Palace of Laeken was built in the late 1700s as a summer getaway for the then Governors of Netherlands. These days, the King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, and their four kids call the 270,000 square foot building home. The palace even has a grand Royal Greenhouse that is way bigger than your average garden shed.

5. Mysore Palace

Regular Resident: The Wadiyar Family, the former ruling dynasty of India
Country: India
Total Area: 72 acres
Estimated Real Estate Value: Priceless

Mysore Palace is such an important cultural symbol in Karnataka that it’s impossible to put a value on it. According to locals, it’s simply priceless. There are seven palaces in total in Mysore, but this one in particular is especially loved. 

Mysore Palace - The Wadiyar Family, the former ruling dynasty of India ©Nagaraj Gargya / Wikimedia.org | ©Sun_Shine / Shutterstock.com

Mysore Palace – The Wadiyar Family, the former ruling dynasty of India ©Nagaraj Gargya / Wikimedia.org | ©Sun_Shine / Shutterstock.com

Over 6 million tourists a year flock to Mysore when they visit India to see its ornate design. Members of the former ruling dynasty of Wadiyar continue to live in the palace to this day. With three stories and 12 temples on the grounds, there’s plenty of room for everyone – and then some.

6. Tokyo Imperial Palace

Regular Resident: Japan’s Imperial Family
Country: Japan
Total Area: 13,500 square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $11.25 billion*

The Emperor of Japan is lucky enough to live in one of the most valuable royal palaces in the world. The Tokyo Imperial Palace has been home to the Imperial family since the 1800s. Where the palace once stood now was the Edo Castle. The revamped building and grounds were renamed in 1869. 

Tokyo Imperial Palace - Japan's Imperial Family @Royal Fashions @Sarah Maki / Pinterest.com

Tokyo Imperial Palace – Japan’s Imperial Family @Royal Fashions @Sarah Maki / Pinterest.com

The palace and its grounds are thought to be worth an astonishing $11.25 billion. Land on its own is incredibly valuable in Tokyo, so that accounts for much of the value. There are multiple gardens and a teahouse, music hall, and more on site. 

7. The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Regular Resident: King Charles
Country: Edinburgh
Total Area: Unknown
Estimated Real Estate Value: $50 million*

We often think about Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace, but Liz had a ton of different properties at her disposal across the United Kingdom. One of them was The Palace of Holyroodhouse, situated at the end of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Now that the Queen has passed, it is the Scottish home of King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla.

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Palace of Holyroodhouse

The house was originally built as a monastery,it  but was taken over by the monarchy in the 16th century. Since then, the palace has seen many kings and queens come and go. Its unique quadrangle layout measures 230-feet from north to south and 230-feet from east to west, so it’s not exactly small. 

8. Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Regular Resident: Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly
Country: Monaco 
Total Area: 487 acres
Estimated Real Estate Value: $1 billion*

When American movie star Grace Kelly met and fell in love with the Prince of Monaco, it was a fairytale brought to life. People from all over the world tuned in to watch the pair tie the knot in 1956. Kelly gave up her acting career and moved into the Prince’s Palace in Monaco, but the palace looks more like a fortress than a decadent residence. 

Prince's Palace of Monaco Princess of Monaco - Grace Kelly @lakelab / Facebook.com | @JoAnn Catanzaro / Pinterest.com

Prince’s Palace of Monaco Princess of Monaco – Grace Kelly @lakelab / Facebook.com | @JoAnn Catanzaro / Pinterest.com

The original building was built many centuries ago in 1191. Few places have such an interesting history. While it’s the epitome of grandeur now, the palace has had to dodge many attacks over the years, especially in its early life. Albert II currently lives there with his family. 

9. Frogmore House

Regular Resident: Queen Charlotte
Country: England
Total Area: Unknown
Estimated Real Estate Value: $20 million*

Standing on the edge of a lake in front of a manicured lawn at Windsor gardens is Frogmore House. Not to be mistaken for Meghan and Harry’s Frogmore Cottage which is a stone’s throw away, Frogmore House was first bought by Queen Charlotte back in 1790. 

Frogmore House @Daily Mail / Pinterest.com | @Simon Belcher / Facebook.com

Frogmore House @Daily Mail / Pinterest.com | @Simon Belcher / Facebook.com

Queen Victoria’s mother kept a home at the house, but the house rarely gets any royal guests these days. When Peter Phillips married Autumn Kelly in 2008, the Queen kindly allowed them to use Frogmore House as a reception venue, but that’s not all. Prince Harry and Meghan also used the property for their post-wedding celebrations, too.

10. The Palacio Real de Madrid

Regular Resident: King Felipe VI of Spain
Country: Spain
Total Area: 1.4 million square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $500 million*

The Palacio Real de Madrid is a stunning, eye catching building that is a jewel in the famous Spanish city. However, while the 1.4 million square foot building is still the official residence of Spain’s royal family, they don’t actually live there. 

The Palacio Real de Madrid King Felipe VI of Spain @UN / Twitter.com | ©Carlos Delgado / Wikimedia.org

The Palacio Real de Madrid King Felipe VI of Spain @UN / Twitter.com | ©Carlos Delgado / Wikimedia.org

Instead, the incredibly valuable Filippo Juvarra-designed property is used primarily for state visits and important events. King Felipe VI and his family chose not to make regular use of the palace’s 3,418 rooms and instead moved to a much smaller palace in a less central location. 

11. St. James Palace

Regular Resident: Princess Anne
Country: England
Total Area: Unknown
Estimated Real Estate Value: $200 million*

Before Buckingham Palace was even a thought, there was St. James’s Palace. It’s not known just how big the sprawling property is, but it contains multiple flats that span across four floors. Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice both live in the 500-year-old building, but they aren’t the only royals to call it home. 

St. James Palace ©Art Babych / Shutterstock.com | @hrhthedukeofyork / Facebook.com

St. James Palace ©Art Babych / Shutterstock.com | @hrhthedukeofyork / Facebook.com

Princess Alexandra also lives there, but the year-round residents have to make allowances for all the events that are held there. As it’s still a working palace, many important visitors walk through its hallowed halls when they come to England on official business.

12. Royal Palace of Amsterdam

Regular Resident: King Willem-Alexander
Country: Amsterdam
Total Area: 237,140 square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $8.5 million*

From certain angles the Royal Palace of Amsterdam looks like the kind of building you would find on the Las Vegas strip. The towering property spans across 237,140 square feet, but it isn’t as expensive as you may think. The 17th century palace is worth a rather modest $8.5 million. 

Royal Palace of Amsterdam - King Willem-Alexander @Rwanda_TheHague / Twitter.com | ©TTstudio / Shutterstock.com

Royal Palace of Amsterdam – King Willem-Alexander @Rwanda_TheHague / Twitter.com | ©TTstudio / Shutterstock.com

Originally, the building wasn’t designed to be a royal home at all, but the Town Hall of Amsterdam. It was King Louis Napoleon that transformed it into a royal palace when he ascended to the throne in 1806. Today, King Willen-Alexander uses it as his official reception palace. 

13. Amalienborg Palace

Regular Resident: Queen Margrethe II
Country: Denmark
Total Area: 285,244 square feet
Estimated Real Estate Value: $400 million*

The Danish Royal family spend their hours at their stunning palace, Amalienborg. Not only does the palace have one stunning facade, but four. Set around a square in Copehnagen, Denmark, the classic buildings have been home to the royal family since the late 1700s. 

Amalienborg Palace Queen Margrethe II @Stars4P / Twitter.com | ©vichie81 / Shutterstock.com

Amalienborg Palace Queen Margrethe II @Stars4P / Twitter.com | ©vichie81 / Shutterstock.com

Originally, the four palaces were designed to be residences for noble families and never christian and Frederick. But still, this sliver of princely real estate offers a unique design that is quite fascinating. 

14. Mandalay Palace

Regular Resident: King Mindon and King Thibaw of Myanmar
Country: Myanmar
Total Area: 1000 acres
Estimated Real Estate Value: $600 million*

The Burmese monarchy created Mandalay Palace as their very last working residence back in 1857. They weren’t tight with the purse strings either. The palace itself sits on over 100 acres of land, standing out with its traditional Burmese design and walled fort. It even has a moat. 

Mandalay Palace - King Mindo and King Thibaw of Myanmar @Missy McIver / Pinterest.com | ©Hybernator / Wikimedia.org

Mandalay Palace – King Mindo and King Thibaw of Myanmar @Missy McIver / Pinterest.com | ©Hybernator / Wikimedia.org

Mandalay Palace continues to be an important tourist attraction in the area, but to King Mindon it’s simply home. The palace has numerous different buildings, including a throne room, separate queen’s apartments, a watch tower, and much more. Is it any wonder it’s worth a fortune?