The Queen owns her own McDonald's restaurant

It's a quaint little place in Oxfordshire, and it's open for takeaway

1y ago

If you think the Queen earns her keep purely through cutting ribbons and shaking hands, you've got another thing coming. In fact, she's a hot shot property mogul, with a portfolio worth an astounding £13 billion.

In addition to six royal residences, she owns hundreds of miles of the UK's coast, all the dolphins in the UK and huge portions of some of the most expensive postcodes in the capital. Now, this doesn't necessarily mean she can turn a profit by selling off Trafalgar Square to a developer looking to replace the column with a high rise, but it's still mighty impressive.

The jewel in the crown of the Queen's expansive estate is nestled in Banbury Gateway Shopping Park, on the outskirts of Oxfordshire. Here, 80 miles outside of London, is a McDonalds branch that lies on Crown Estate land.

That's right, the Queen (basically) owns a McDonalds.

The branch - which recently reopened its Drive-Thru to the public – looks similar to any other McDonalds, but there is a couple of Royal touches. It has leather sofas, digital menu boards, Eames chairs, laminate floors and table service.

It is not the first time a McDonald's franchise has been on land owned by the Queen. She used to own a branch on the Bath Road Retail Park in Slough, but sold the land for £177million in 2016. Savvy, right?

Well, you might be disappointed to learn that it's not Lizzy that's pulling the trigger on these sales. She is simply the titular head and effective owner of the Crown Estate, but the decisions are out of her hands.

The Crown Estate belongs to the reigning monarch 'in right of The Crown' - which is currently Queen Elizabeth II.

Despite being owned by her, it's not really private property - the Queen can't sell any of the properties, and instead the decisions are made by a board.

Anti-Royalists will be pleased to hear that the profits don't line Lizzy's coffer. Instead, they enter the treasury, and the treasury subsequently dispenses 15% to the monarchy through the Sovereign Grant.

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Comments (8)

  • It sounds like every McDonald's near me.

    They all seem to have table service leather sofas and digital order menus.

      1 year ago
  • Oh now I want to become the Queen!

      1 year ago
  • All McDonalds are mostly franchises .

      1 year ago
  • In reality the Crown owns all the property coast and lands on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. Other words the state owns it although it says the Queen owns them it’s all of us and she looks after them on all our behalf.

      1 year ago