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The Queen collects the most random thing for a 95-year-old man and you’ll find it in your kitchen

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The royal family is famous the world over for their weird and wonderful habits and pastimes, some of which date back hundreds of years of history.

Whether it’s playing polo, driving horse-drawn carriages or hunting grouse, members of the royal family have very exclusive and classy hobbies. But did you know that even some of the most privileged people in the world enjoy the same comforts as us?

Leading by example, the queen is said to pick up the most random item for some unknown reason and you seriously won’t guess what it is!

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You won’t guess what the queen collects

When it comes to popular collectibles, you might first think of stamps, coins, or wine, but the Queen opts for something a little more unusual.

She collects pepper mills. Yes, you read that right.



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While it’s unclear exactly why or when the 95-year-old monarch embarked on her journey of collecting pepper mills, it’s said she finds her selection quite amusing.

One of his favorites was a gift from a friend that came from an Italian restaurant in the form of a plastic server.

It’s believed that when you crack your head for pepper, it screams in an Italian accent, “You’re breaking my neck!” which, by all accounts, the Queen would find hilarious.

But the pepper mills are not the only objects that the queen has wanted to collect. More traditionally, she became the fifth generation of royals to be added to the historic family stamp collection.



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The queen has a great sense of humor

Royal expert Phil Dampier told Fabulous Digital: ‘The Queen loves to show visitors her stamp collection, heads of state who stay at Buckingham Palace say.

“It’s one of her prides and joys, not only because she owns some of the most valuable stamps in the world, but also because she’s built on a family treasure and feels to have done the pride of his father and of the previous monarchs who owned it.”

The Queen not only left the collection as it was when the likes of Prince Alfred and King George V worked on it, she added to it.



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The queen also loves philately

The rarest and most expensive addition was a Mauritius stamp worth £2 million. It was featured in a traveling exhibition to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

The stamp is one of the most prized in the world and was issued by the Colonial Post Office of Mauritius in 1847.

The Queen also spent £250,000 on a unique set of 10 Penny Blacks dated the first day they came into circulation, May 6, 1840.

The total value of the Royal Family’s extensive stamp collection is estimated at over £10 million.

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