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It's good to be the queen. And it's not bad being her son. (And plenty of other relatives probably don't have it too rough, either.)
But while it's fun to imagine the United Kingdom's royal family sitting atop a cellar full of goblets, gold coins and other treasures that signify wealth beyond one's wildest dreams, it probably hasn't been like that for at least a few years.
These days, figuratively running the sovereign state is a pounds-and-pence business, with the wealth being accumulated by what's called the Crown Estate. And, based on its performance last year, the CEO—aka Queen Elizabeth II—is getting a raise!