The Queen has taken up a royal pastime that has been passed down through generations as she followed in her grandfather's footsteps to continue their valuable stamp collection.
The world-famous Royal Philatelic Collection is valued at a staggering £100 million, according to the Telegraph, after being started by royal ancestors in 1864.
Her Majesty is the fifth member of the Royal Family to add to the collection after becoming interested in the hobby of stamp collecting from her grandfather King George VI.
The Queen inherited 328 albums of stamps from King George V, who she reportedly called ‘Grandpa England’.
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, royal expert Phil Dampier said: “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 has also helped increase the value since the collection was handed to her, including adding some quite rare stamps herself.
The rarest and expensive addition was a Mauritian stamp which is valued at £2 million alone.
This rare find even went on display during a travelling exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.
It is said to be one of the most prized stamps in the world and was issued by the colonial Post Office of Mauritius in 1847.
The Queen has 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.
King George V was said to be the royal most responsible for growing the collection and maintaining its prestige.
His love and dedication to stamps that on his wedding day, he was given 1,500 stamps.
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King George V even set the record for the highest price ever paid for a stamp.
The purchase was revealed In 1904 when a courtier asked King George V, who was a prince at the time, if he had seen “that some damned fool had paid as much as £1,450 for a single stamp”.
He replied: “Yes, I am that damned fool”.
The collection is said to be said to be currently kept in 300 albums and about 200 boxes in a vault at St James's Palace.
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