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Queen Elizabeth Buys Chicago Condo, But She’s Not Moving Here
Her Majesty purchased a place at, appropriately, The Buckingham in late August. But she won’t be the property’s occupant.

(PHOTO: Queen Elizabeth II in March 2015 | CREDIT: Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence via Wikimedia Commons;
PHOTO: The Buckingham in Chicago | CREDIT: Torsodog licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons)

The British Monarchy sure likes residences with ”Buckingham” in the name.

To go along with Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family’s principal home in England, Queen Elizabeth II bought a condo last month on the 26th floor of Chicago’s Buckingham building, 360 E. Randolph St., according to a Crain’s Chicago Business report.

It’s a curious purchase for an 89-year-old woman who hasn’t visited the city since 1959. Has Her Majesty become fed up with her great-grandmotherly duties and has decided to escape them by escaping across the pond to a town she hasn’t been to since before the Beatles invaded?

Actually, the queen won’t be living in the 44-story building that overlooks Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain. She apparently picked up the condo for a friend to use.

The property was purchased late August in Elizabeth’s name under the title of Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, and it will become the new home of Roy Norton, the Canadian consul in Chicago, the report stated.

So will Norton be living like royalty in his new digs only a few blocks from the Canadian Consulate-General? You decide: The 2,600-square-foot condo has three bedrooms and baths, a den, a newly remodeled kitchen and a laundry room, according to the Crain’s report.

And while the property’s exact selling price wasn’t disclosed, the condo’s listing agent reported the cost was more than $1.57 million, the report adde.

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