Sandringham Castle has been home to four generations of British monarchs since 1862. This Castle since the starting has been the beloved private country home of Queen Elizabeth.
From its small but beautiful houses to the famous museum and gardens, Sandringham is indeed a versatile estate.
Most of the occasions are celebrated there by the royal family. And this year, Prince Harry and his soon to be a wife, Meghan Markle, will spend Christmas there.
According to a Kensington Palace spokesperson: “You can expect to see Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Ms Meghan at Sandringham on this year’s Christmas Day”.
This announcement marks a big change in protocol for the royal family.
The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, haven’t been included in the family holidays in the past. Neither has any other bride in the royal family celebrated Christmas with the royal family before her marriage.
Look at the history of this ancient English castle.
Space is located in Norfolk, England. Sandringham Castle covers about 20,000 acres of land. Queen Elizabeth’s family acquired this estate in 1862. It was purchased as a country home for Edward VII and his soon-to-be wife, Alexandra of Denmark.
Prince Edward’s son and heir to the throne, George V described the property as ‘dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world’. His son, George VI, eventually passed away in the house on February 6, 1952.
After their death, the estate was passed on to Queen Elizabeth. There were some plans were made to demolish the house completely and rebuild it with a more modern structure. But, nothing was ever acted upon and Sandringham remained the same.
It also consists of a working farm.
According to some reports, over 200 people make their living from the estate. This includes gamekeepers, gardeners, farmers, and those who work in Sandringham’s sawmill and also its apple juice pressing plant. This place gives a huge emphasis on recycling, conservation, forestry and is a sanctuary for the wildlife.
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Queen’s this estate is also used for royal shooting parties. There was a time when King Edward VII, who was fond of hunting, ordered that the clocks be set half an hour earlier than GMT.
It was done in order to increase the amount of daylight for hunting. This came to be known as Sandringham time and was kept from the year 1901 to 1936. But, eventually the clocks were returned to GMT time by King Edward VIII.