Sandringham House

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Lovely sunny day today. After a late and leisurely breakfast we headed towards Sandringham House, built in 1870 by the Prince and Princess of Wales ( later King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Sandringham has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs, and is now the country retreat of the Queen and Prince Phillip. The whole family gathers at Sandringham for the Christmas break every year, not a bad place to be invited to.The main ground floor rooms, regularly used by the royals, are open to the public. The decor is rather special to look at and of course the contents, that have been collected over the years is amazing. The old stables have been converted into a museum which mainly displays the royal carriages and vehicles, used over the years. Out of all the vehicles displayed I picked out the Rolls for our next set of wheels. Did you know that they have their own colour made up for their formal vehicles. The official colour for their paint work is royal claret ( is there any other kind ?) over black,which is notable when you look closely at the car, depending on the light, some of it looks deep red and other sections look black. Beautiful shine on all the cars.
King George the V created his own private museum of big game trophies and this is displayed in a room at the stables. We wondered why you would want to shoot some of the animals mounted as they are so beautiful and precious.Not our favourite room there , thank goodness things are a little different today.
We finished our visit with a walk through the gardens, 60 acres of stunning beauty.It used to be a very formal Edwardian age garden ,but has been changed to more informal plantings of trees , shrubs and lakeside lawns. Very beautiful to look at and will probably be even more stunning with the on-coming autumn colours. would love to take a peek than. We wanted to have a look at the church where the family worships but it was still closed so had to go without that one.
All in all it was a lovely visit and well worth seeing, but please allow plenty of time for your visit. Because it was warm and sunny a lot of people were picnicing on the lawns which made it even more attractive to see.
Great day today, thanks to a warm and sunny day, the best time to visit.
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