HM The Queen, Duke of Lancaster
The Duke of Lancaster
Since 1399, the title Duke of Lancaster has been held by the reigning Sovereign. Revenue from the Duchy of Lancaster forms a vital component of the Sovereign’s income, and is held separately from that of other Crown properties.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the current Duke of Lancaster. During a reign which has lasted 70 years, Her Majesty has taken a keen interest in the estate, paying regular visits to the Surveys.
The title Duke of Lancaster continues to be used, even for a female monarch. At gatherings of Lancastrians within the County Palatine and worldwide, the toast is: “The Queen, Duke of Lancaster!”