IT LOOKS set to be another fine weekend of sunshine across much of Wales, and many of you might be eyeing up a trip to the beach.

If you’re planning to spend a day soaking in the sun at the seaside, it might not have occurred to you that you could be doing so on royal property.

The Queen actually owns around half of the foreshore – the area between the sea and developed land – around Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

Here in Wales, 65 percent of the foreshore in under the control of the Crown Estate - a commercial business that manages land and property owned by the monarchy - along with 50,000 acres of Welsh land, many of our mineral resources, and the right to any gold and silver deposits.

According to the Crown Estate's most recent documentation, its Welsh assets are worth £603 million - with profits split between the Queen and the UK Government Treasury.

An interactive map shows the parts of Wales currently under the ownership of the Crown Estate.

Much of the Vale of Glamorgan’s foreshore is owned by the Queen, excluding the beaches of Barry - along with Newton beach, near Porthcawl.

The National Wales: So too in Newton beach near Porthcawl.So too in Newton beach near Porthcawl.

The majority of Pembrokeshire's beaches, too, are Royal property - including Tenby and Broadhaven - along with the beaches of Cardigan, and much of the coastline around Ynys Mon and Llandudno.

The National Wales: Broadhaven's beaches are Crown property. (Picture: Mr Eugene Birchall)Broadhaven's beaches are Crown property. (Picture: Mr Eugene Birchall)

Want to take a look for yourself? The Crown Estate coastline map can be found here.

Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts is currently pushing for the Estate's control to be devolved to Wales, as it is in Scotland - where profits from the Queen's assets in the country are passed straight to the Scottish government.

A petition echoing this call has so far gathered just under 11,000 signatures.


Additional reporting: Rebecca Wilks

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