The Queen only carries cash with her on THIS day of the week – and there is a reason why

Queen Elizabeth II, 91, is always cash free when she is out and about during the week. 

As head of state there is no need for her to go out and pay for a lunchtime snack, a new bottle of shampoo or a new winter coat. 

But there is one day of the week when Her Majesty chooses to carry money – Sundays. 

A source revealed back in 2015: “She donates to the church collection basket. 

“Her butler irons a five pound note into a little square by folding it until you can only see her face.” 

So if not money, what does the Queen carry around in her handbag? 

Historian Sally Bedell Smith, who interviewed the reigning monarch’s friends and relatives for the 2012 biography Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind the Throne, wrote that mint lozenges, reading glasses, a fountain pen, lipstick and tissues were the items she always carries round with her. 

An additional portable hook is also said to be stowed away in there so she can hang her bag discreetly under tables. 

While the Queen may not carry cash round with her very often she is certainly not struggling for money. 

As reigning monarch, Elizabeth has her own personal wealth as well as access to the Crown Estate, which is not included in her total net worth figure.

Forbes estimates it at $550million (£420million).

Property provides the largest chunk of this, including £107million Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands, £49million Sandringham and various farms and marine land across the UK.

The estates she owns were inherited from her father, King George VI.

The Queen also owns one of the world’s largest stamp collections, built up by her grandfather.

An annual government stipend of around £9.8million adds to her wealth.

Some of this is taxpayers’ money, known as the Sovereign Grant, with the rest coming from the Duchy of Lancaster which is another collection of properties (separate to the Crown Estate) used to generate the Queen’s private income.

But it does not end there