Queen Elizabeth is the longest-reigning female monarch in world history, so it’s no surprise she has collected and inherited a vast collection of properties over the years. Take a look at the palaces, castles and houses the queen calls home. Is Queen Elizabeth the OG influencer? 6 of her exclusive powers Buckingham Palace – London, England Buckingham Palace is the official headquarters of Britain’s reigning monarch, and more than 50,000 people visit each year as guests at events. But it’s also where the queen gave birth to Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Notices of royal births and deaths are attached to the front railings for members of the public to read. It’s also where the public gathers to watch the family wave from the iconic balcony on special occasions such as weddings, and the setting for celebrations including christenings. Jill Biden at the G7 Summit: how did her fashion diplomacy stack up? George III bought the property in 1761 for his wife Queen Charlotte to use as a comfortable family home close to St. James’s Palace, where many court functions were held at the time. The Palace has 775 rooms in total, including 19 state rooms, 52 royal and guest bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices and 78 bathrooms. Despite the front of the building being 108 metres long and the side 120 metres deep, it is not the largest home belonging to the queen – that title goes to Windsor Castle. Monarch, mechanic, machine-gunner: 8 times Queen Elizabeth was hardcore Windsor Castle – Berkshire, England Windsor has been a royal home and fortress for over 900 years, and is where the queen spends the weekends and a month over Easter, making it the largest occupied castle in the world. It’s also where some formal duties are carried out. As well as being the setting for many royal wedding celebrations in St. George’s Chapel, including those of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018 – it also has sombre connections. Queen Elizabeth, the queen mother lies buried in the chapel with her husband, King George VI, as well as the 16th century monarch, King Henry VIII. Holyroodhouse – Edinburgh, Scotland The queen’s official home in Scotland sits at the end of Edinburgh’s main thoroughfare, known as the Royal Mile. The Palace of Holyroodhouse has been home to royalty for over 500 years and is where the queen carries out engagements to celebrate Scottish culture, history and achievement, notably during Holyrood week which takes place at the end of June each year. The royals remember Prince Philip on what would have been his 100th birthday In the twentieth century, King George V and Queen Mary regarded Holyroodhouse as a family home, and were instrumental in bringing it into the twentieth century with restorations and renovations that included installing bathrooms, electricity and lifts. They also began the tradition of garden parties being held at the palace, which is surrounded by parkland. Balmoral Castle – Aberdeenshire, Scotland According to Princess Eugenie – believed to be the queen’s favourite granddaughter – this is the residence where the queen is happiest, so it’s no wonder she spends weeks here at the end of summer. In fact, this private residence was the honeymoon location for Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and the heir to the throne has a home at Birkhall on the estate until this day. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair once revealed that the queen is so relaxed here that after dinner she even washes the dishes herself. “You think I’m joking, but I’m not,” Blair shared, according to Yahoo News. “They put the gloves on and stick their hands in the sink. The queen asks if you’ve finished, she stacks the plates up and goes off to the sink.” Royal Style in the Making: Princess Diana’s wedding dress goes on display Sandringham House – Norfolk, England Sandringham House is nestled in 24 hectares (60 acres) of formal gardens full of rare trees and bodies of water. The royal family uses this private residence often in the summer, but like their other properties, it is also open to the public for periods of time. Visitors enjoy the nature trails and dog-friendly royal park – where the 16th century St. Mary Magdalene Church lies – plus the courtyard’s Terrace Café and Sandringham Shop. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .