Add it to your royal travel itinerary. HRH Queen Elizabeth II is actually the proud owner of a McDonald’s franchise located just outside London in Oxford, England. Who knew?
The backstory: The fast-food joint is actually part of the Crown Estate, official royal property that includes a slew of iconic castles, the Savoy Hotel and more. It just so happens that the Banbury Gateway Shopping Park was built on this very same land trust, which means all the royal profits made at the McDonald’s located there go straight into Her Majesty’s Treasury. (Cumulatively, the property portfolio is worth an estimated $3.2 billion, FYI.)
Still, the question on everyone’s mind is this: What are the chances of spotting Queen Eliz herself in the drive-through line or snacking on a Big Mac and fries? Apparently, slim to none. The queen much prefers eating cereal and fresh fruit out of Tupperware containers at home, according to former palace chef Darren McGrady.
But don’t be discouraged: Princess Diana was known to occasionally take Prince William and Prince Harry to McDonald’s as a treat, which means it shouldn’t surprise you if you catch a glimpse of George and Char enjoying a Happy Meal.
In the meantime, let’s all bow down to the queen for her real-estate prowess.