Sure, on the surface, being an absolute monarch is the dream job. You get to wear a robe all day, you've got a legion of corgis at your command, and everyone has to do whatever you want. What's not to like? Of course, there's also the annoying obligations of balancing a state economy, dealing with parliament, and looking over your shoulder for the inevitable uprising of the serfs.
No, when you really think about it, there's only one part of being a king or queen that genuinely rules: getting to hang out in their lavish estates. The British royal family owns more than 20 castles, manors, cottages, and palaces in the United Kingdom, and they're unanimously splendid. And while the chances of spending a night in even one of them is slim, you can check them all out via Google Earth - for free!
Check out the most beautiful royal family castles and residences below, and vote up the ones that elicit a king-sized "whoa!"
1. Bagshot Park - Bagshot, UK
3. Dumfries House - Cumnock, UK
6. Thatched House Lodge - Richmond, UK