Public perception and character
Little is known of Elizabeth's personal feelings. She has hardly ever given press interviews. She is believed to have a deep sense of religious and civic duty, and to take her coronation oath seriously. Elizabeth is known for her conservative fashions. Out of the public eye, her main leisure interests include horse racing, photography and dogs.
In the 1950s, as a young woman at the start of her reign, Elizabeth was depicted as a glamorous "fairytale Queen". After the trauma of the war, it was a time of hope, a period of progress and achievement heralding a "new Elizabethan age". In the late 1960s, attempts to portray a more modern image of monarchy were made in the television documentary Royal Family, and by the televising of Prince Charles's inauguration as Prince of Wales. Elizabeth's popularity sunk to a low point in the 1990s; because o of the death of Diana. The year began sombrely with the death of Elizabeth's sister and mother, but a million people attended each day of the three-day main Jubilee celebration in London. The enthusiasm shown by the public for Elizabeth was greater than many journalists had predicted. Polls in 2006 revealed strong support for Elizabeth; the majority of respondents desired that she remain on the throne until her death, and many felt that she had become an institution in herself.
Sandringham House, Elizabeth II's private residence in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Elizabeth's personal fortune has been the subject of speculation for many years. Forbes magazine estimated the amount at around US$600 million (GB£330 million), but official Buckingham Palace statements called estimates of £100 million .Though the Royal Collection is worth an approximate £10 billion.
Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle are privately owned by the Queen, having inherited them from her father on his death, along with the Duchy of Lancaster, Income from the British.
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