Queen Elizabeth II Carries Cash Only on Sundays: Find Out Why and How Much

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth carries a perfectly ironed 5-pound note for church donation on Sundays, a source tells Us. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Cash only! Queen Elizabeth II never carries money, a palace source reveals in the latest issue of Us Weekly. Except for one day out of the week, that is: Sundays.

“She donates to the church collection basket,” says the source of the 89-year-old monarch, whose visage adorns every pound. And crumpled bills won’t do: “Her butler irons a 5-pound note into a little square by folding it until you can only see her face!”

What else does Her Royal Majesty carry?

Historian Sally Bedell Smith, who interviewed the reigning monarch’s friends and relatives for the 2012 biography Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind the Throne, wrote that among the contents of the queen’s purse are mint lozenges, reading glasses, a fountain pen, lipstick, compact, and tissues. In addition, there is reportedly a portable hook with a suction cap so that the queen can hang her bag discreetly under tables!

Though Queen Elizabeth may not have cash on her very often, she’s definitely not hurting for money. Her fortune is estimated at 340 million pounds. While that amount is nothing to sneeze at, according to researchers at the London School of Marketing, the long-reigning ruler isn’t quite as wealthy as David and Victoria Beckham’s family, who are estimated to be worth around 470 million pounds.

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