Buckingham Palace responds to bizarre claim The Queen bought a $7.9m New York condo

It doesn't sound like she will be becoming an ex-pat, though

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Worrying rumours from New York’s burgeoning property blog scene suggested that our very own Queen might be upping sticks and moving to a $7.9 million apartment in New York.

Initial reports suggested she was considering buying a condo at Zeckendorf Development’s 43-storey high United Nations Plaza, a 3,000-square-foot pad which boasted a gym complex, a pool, and stunning views of the city.

According to property blog the Real Deal, the buyer was recorded as ‘Her Majesty the Queen in right of New Zealand’ and sources told Page Six that the money was coming ‘from the royal purse’.

Variety went on to describe the property as ‘a smoked glassy tower in New York’s Turtle Bay ‘hood, directly across the street from the Northern end of the United Nations complex.”

They also noted that the inclusion of Macedonian marble and a bidet in one of the bathrooms. Classy.

Speaking to The Independent however, a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace wouldn't confirm or deny The Queen packing her suitcase, saying: "I am afraid we do not comment on any private commercial activity of the Privy Purse."

Further investigating suggests the building was actually signed for by the New Zealand government’s new UN ambassador, Gerard van Bohemen, the new permanent representative to the UN for New Zealand - a country where the Queen is still retained as sovereign.

Her involvement in the purchase seems only to refer to the fact she is ceremonial head of the New Zealand government.

So it looks like it's very likely The Queen will be staying in the UK for the time being. Which is good, because they don't make a decent brew in the States.