Queen Elizabeth II loved her $127 million hobby — King Charles isn’t interested

Queen Elizabeth II loved her 7 million hobby — King Charles isn’t interested

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King Charles, 74, may be the son and heir of the late Queen Elizabeth II, but that doesn’t mean they have everything in common — for example, a love of one of his mother’s favorite pastimes, stamp collecting.

The dear-departed monarch gained a reputation as quite the philatelist during her lifetime, leaving the family collection with a total value of about $127 million in American dollars, The Sunday Times and Guardian have both reported.

Elizabeth, who passed away last September at the age of 96, was the fifth royal family member, according to The Daily Express, to put her stamp on the Royal Philatelic Collection.

The collection was started by the Duke of York, who later became King George V, during the late 1800’s.

It has been said that The Queen even showed off the collection to visiting heads of state, The Sunday Times claimed.

But according to a new report, the tradition won’t be continuing under King Charles.

The late Queen Elizabeth walking with her son, King Charles.
The late Queen Elizabeth reportedly loved to collect stamps. King Charles, reportedly, does not.
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The royal family's collection is worth over $100 million.
The royal family’s collection has been reported to be worth about $127 million in American dollars.
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A photo of purple-colored stamps.
Stamp collecting was a hobby that the late monarch reportedly took great pride in.

According to the outlet, the King has other hobbies he enjoys far more, like watercolor painting and tending to his garden, and doesn’t seem too keen on collecting postage.

However, The Guardian reported that King Charles did inherit the collection from his mother after she died.

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The Post reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment.

When he was still known as the Prince of Wales, Charles shared gardening tips with BBC Radio 4, delving deeper into his “lifelong passion.”

His number one piece of advice was to enjoy what you’re doing.

“Before you rush into things, see what you like and don’t like and then get stuck in,” he told BBC at the time.

Queen Elizabeth standing with her son, King Charles, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
The Queen was the fifth royal family member to add on to the Royal Philatelic Collection. Charles apparently prefers painting and tending to his gardens.
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King Charles kissing Queen Elizabeth's hand in a garden.
Charles is said to have inherited the Royal Philatelic Collection — but won’t be adding to it.
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Queen Elizabeth walking on grass with her son, King Charles.
The late Queen Elizabeth passed away last September at the age of 96.
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“For me it’s the most marvelous, therapeutic business,” he continued. “You can get reward from it, but you can also be driven mad by it.”

He also advised others with a green thumb to not become discouraged if one year is different than another.

“No two years are the same,” he said. “So, what was a disaster one year will probably be a success the next year. So don’t despair. Nature’s quite interesting like that.”

And, it looks like a love for gardening is something that he and his wife, Queen Camilla, 75, have in common with each other.

During an official visit to Northern Ireland with her husband in May, the Queen revealed that she really enjoyed planting different things, but that it can sometimes make her “creak” and “groan.”

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“I love gardening,” The Queen said while visiting the historic Armagh Robinson library in Northern Ireland, according to The Independent.

4th November 1965:  Sir John Wilson, keeper of Queen Elizabeth II's private stamp collection in Buckingham Palace, London.
Collecting stamps has long been a royal tradition.
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The royal family standing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
King Charles with the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
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“I’m a passionate gardener,” she continued. “And it’s very therapeutic. But I always stay too long. Everything creaks and groans.”

The trip was their first since King Charles was officially crowned in a grand coronation ceremony, which took place on May 6 at Westminster Abbey.

During the coronation concert, which took place the next day, May 7, at Windsor Palace, Prince William, 41, who is next in line for the throne, made an emotional speech in tribute to his father.

He praised his dad for his passion for service throughout his life.

“My father’s first words, on entering Westminster Abbey yesterday, were a pledge of service,” Prince William said at the time.

“It was a pledge to continue to serve, because for over 50 years, in every corner of the UK, across the Commonwealth, and around the world, he has dedicated himself to serve others, both current and future generations, and those whose memory must not be neglected.”

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