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Perhaps one of the first questions we ask ourselves when a monarch dies is: what will be his condition? Or: how many zeros will there be on a bank statement? Or even: how much are all the items you bought?

Queen Elizabeth II died earlier this month at the age of 96 and, according to the British newspaper The Sunday Times, she was the owner of a personal fortune valued this year at £370 million, about €427 million, “more than five million more than in 2021.” “. Thus King Charles III (his successor) inherited from his mother not only the throne of the United Kingdom, but also a personal fortune “which he would receive without payment of inheritance tax, in the privilege reserved for royal transmissions”. Most of this wealth would go to Charles and the British government would not receive a single pound sterling.
From sovereign to sovereign

According to CNN, in the United Kingdom, inheritance of assets worth more than £325,000, that is, €373,000, is subject to a 40% inheritance tax. However, Carlos III will not have to transfer this amount to the kingdom’s finances thanks to rules approved in 1993, which provide for an exclusive regime for the heir to the crown when he receives the personal assets of the previous monarch. Under these rules, assets transferred from the sovereign or from the sovereign’s spouse to the next monarch are “exempt from inheritance tax”. In addition, the rules set out in the 2013 government memorandum of understanding also ensure “that the monarch has his own personal money and therefore his financial independence from the state.”

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Charles’ estate includes assets such as Balmoral Castle in Scotland (where Elizabeth II died and is a summer retreat for the British royal family); The residence at Sandringham in England becomes the private property of the British monarch and is known as the place where the family usually celebrates the passing year. In addition, Isabella II had a large stock portfolio and a collection of royal stamps valued at £100m, about 115m euros, according to The Times last year. The famous British Crown Jewels, valued at around £3bn (around €3.5m), also automatically passed to his successor.

Charles III also inherited the Duchy of Lancaster – a royal property since the Middle Ages – which brought the British monarch a private income of £24 million, about €27 million, in the last financial year. The Duchy of Lancaster collected the private heritage of British kings for six centuries. According to El País, its main goal is to provide monarchs with a source of income independent of the sovereign subsidy, a budgetary line provided by the state to carry out their official functions. Despite this, with accession to the throne, Charles loses the duchy of Cornwall, which belongs to the eldest son of the British monarch and which brings about 21 million pounds, about 24 million euros, a year.

To all this will be added the personal fortune of Carlos, estimated at about $ 100 million.
According to CNN, Carlos will also receive an annual “sovereign grant” from the British Treasury of 15 per cent of crown asset income, which for 2021-2022 reaches around 100 million euros, with an additional share of more than 34 million euros. million pounds sterling, about 40 million euros, for the reconstruction of Buckingham Palace in London. This sovereign grant is used “to finance the expenses associated with the official representation of the head of state or members of his family”, including staff salaries, maintenance and cleaning of palaces, official travel and receptions.

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In addition, you will also own a portfolio of the Crown Estate – one of the largest real estate empires in Europe – which includes commercial property, including property in prime locations in central London, rural and coastal land across the country and even the waters around England and Wales. .



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This house in the middle of a village in Braga costs 1.8 million (and even the maid’s room is luxurious)

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This house in the middle of a village in Braga costs 1.8 million (and even the maid's room is luxurious)

It has “only” four rooms, but it costs 1.8 million euros. The family home, located in União de Freguesias de Escudeiros e Pensamento, five minutes from the center of Braga, is the most expensive family property for sale at luxury real estate agency Engel&Volkers, but it comes with some “add-ons” that, for some of them, may worth the investment.

The villa is located on a plot of 3800 square meters (m2), has six rooms, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a swimming pool, a “small grass football field and a vineyard plot”, parking, central heating, air conditioning and wooden floors.

According to Engel & Volkers, the increase in the cost of housing, in addition to the already described, is also “modern architecture, with highly detailed and refined finishes”, which fits into the policy of the agency, one of the main in the premium segment worldwide, which in 2020 earned about billion euros.

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

The ground floor has an entrance hall, a double living room separated by a fireplace, also double sided, overlooking the street, overlooking a small vineyard and with an outdoor pool.

The real estate agency also says that the house is surrounded by a “green and harmonious environment offering unique peace and privacy.”

Consulting the company’s website held this Saturday by O MINHO, and out of curiosity, managed to verify that there is an additional room on the first floor, also with luxurious touches, called the “maid’s room”. division into luxury villas that served to accommodate domestic workers without moving them to the owners’ sleeping area, although its existence is now common for people with less mobility.

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

“On the same floor, we also have a large dining room, gym, kitchen with laundry room and maid’s room, as well as a garage for 2 cars,” emphasizes the real estate agency. On the ground floor, he adds, there are three “large suites” connected by a “shared balcony.”

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

Photo: Engel & Volkers

For those who are interested, and with a “full wallet”, a house “in the arms of nature, with enviable south exposure and complete privacy” is guaranteed.

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Woman with fake belly caught smuggling hundreds of semiconductors (already worth 500 times more)

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Sanctions and supply chain issues have created a parallel market in China, where these chips are sold for 500 times the market value.

Chinese customs officials caught a woman trying to smuggle semiconductors inside a prosthetic belly while pretending to be pregnant. This arrest sheds light on the reality of smuggling that has emerged in the world’s second-largest economy following the sanctions imposed by the United States of America.

According to bloomberg, a woman was caught by the authorities while trying to enter Zhuhai via Macau on November 25. According to customs authorities, the suspect had more than 202 processors and nine smartphones.

The woman came to the attention of the authorities when she was asked what month she was pregnant. “She said she was five or six months pregnant but she had a big belly that looked like she was in her third trimester,” Chinese officials explained.

The economic crisis caused by covid-19 and all the problems that have arisen in the supply chain have opened the door to the emergence of a black market in semiconductors in a country that needs these advanced chips to produce millions of products.

The situation has worsened recently as the Joe Biden administration tightened sanctions on China, focusing on developing advanced technologies, especially for military use.

According to the North American economic publication, the situation is so serious that the prices of these devices reach values ​​up to 500 times their market price, which creates ideal conditions for creating an entire parallel market with telecom operators and resellers.

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