The British royal family, and particularly Queen Elizabeth II, has been a favorite subject for beautiful dolls of Madame Alexander for some time. Princess Elizabeth and then as royal princess and finally as Queen Elizabeth II - the royal family was at one time public domain without the need of cumbersome and expensive licensing.
For those who follow the royals into this century, there has been some shifting and rearrangement of the royal pecking order. As Prince William and Kate take their place and grow as a family, older royals have had to take a back seat and do without certain perks and privileges once provided gratis. Prince Charles now pays many of the expenses of Prince William and Queen Elizabeth covers many other royal expenses herself.
The official expenses allowed the royals gets tighter and tighter. One of the biggest perks is the official royal London residence provided the top tier royals. A bit of a revolving door as they raise in royal rank, and move up to the next palace. These addresses have unmatchable cache, they come well furnished, staffed and part of British history. They also have tourists and people that want to get at you for not the best reasons. Some, like Kensington Palace, are grace and favor by the Queen - basically a glorified apartment building with twenty units.
This video is from last summer, but it gives insight into Buckingham Palace and the challenges of being a working palace in this century.