The staggering amount the Queen spends on her socks

It's all in the name

The staggering amount the Queen spends on her socks


The Queen's favourite breakfast cereal is Special K. She has it with whole milk.

She doesn't care so much for pasta, potatoes, or garlic. But positively adores her chocolate biscuit cake - so much so that it travels with her, along with one of her sous chefs.

Her Majesty is unquestionably particular in her desires. She would be. She's the Queen. The royal even has her £1,000 shoes worn in by a maid before her feet even go near them.

But what of socks? If you thought there might be an area where even the Queen didn't have a specialism, you'd be mistaken. Everything, it is apparent, must be in order.

Queen Elizabeth II gets her socks from a company called Corgi Hosiery Ltd. Appropriate indeed, although we don't know whether it's the quality of the garments, or that the company happens to share its name with her favourite breed of dog that draws her favour. It could be both.

As you might imagine, Corgi Hosiery, which, as with all her favourite goods, has a Royal Warrant, makes luxury items. Its women's socks start at £17 per pair.

Some, such as a pair named after the Prince of Wales, can cost as much as £95. Goodness.

If you're interested, the Queen's penchant for posh frocks extends to her Wellies, too, which she buys from Hunter, Business Insider reports. Her underwear comes from the remarkably expensive Rigby & Peller. She buys her household items from John Lewis. High-end, then, but not in the same league as her socks. She probably doesn't have a toy penguin.