Thursday, May 24, 2018


May 15, 2018.  I visited Sandringham for the first time in more than 20 years.

Train to King's Lynn, then a bus to Sandringham. 

a few minutes of sightseeing in King's Lynn before catching bus to Sandringham

War memorial at Sandringham

Prince Alexander and Prince Maurice of Battenberg are named on the memorial.  Prince Maurice was killed in action.

Sandringham is privately owned.  No photos inside the house

HM the Queen is not at home

photos can be taken in the museum, which includes historic cars, toys. etc

Heading toward the stream path.

York Cottage.  This was the home of the future King George V and Queen Mary.  It now houses the Sandringham estate office.  It is on the other side of the stream.  Unlikely to become the country home of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.  No privacy.

Graves of three of the queen's corgis

St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham

The grave of Prince John, youngest son of King George V

the grave of Prince Alexander John, youngest son of King Edward VII, who lived for less than a day

Shop in Notting Hill

Twitter girls Night out at the Prince Albert pub in Notting Hill: Susan, Jamie, Sarah and myself

strange image on subway

oh look  Shake Shack in Leicester Square

a few doors down from Shake Shack in Leicester Square

Piccadilly Circus

View from the other side of Westminster Bridge

Big Ben being repaired.


Deb W said...

Are you of the opinion that Prince Charles will keep Sandringham when he becomes King, and use it as past generations have? Or do you think it likely he will give it to the nation as a museum, and continue to use Highgrove?

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I think he will keep it - he hosts hunting parties at Sandringham. Much larger than Highgrove

Michelle said...

I had no idea any part of Sandringham was open to the public! I must visit!

QUESTION: If Meghan & Harry were to announce in the immediate future that she's pregnant and it's very clear that the baby was conceived prior to the wedding (like if a full-term baby was born 6 months from now & there's no doubting it), would it still have rights to the throne? In no way am I suggesting that I think this is reality, I'm just curious as to whether the child is considered legitimate because it's born to married parents, or if the child had to have been conceived while they were married as opposed to out of wedlock. Ultimately in this case it's probably irrelevant because the entire Cambridge family would have to die for it to matter, I'm just curious.

And yes, I'm from Fairfax County & you missed all the severe weather "fun"! Worst weather we'd seen since the Derecho!

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

As long as the baby is born after the I dos, even a minute afterward.

Sandringham has been opened for decades. I had glorious weather the entire time. Every day, at least 10 Emergency Alert emails from Fairfax county ... while I am basking in glorious sunshine.

Michelle said...

You're lucky! (Both to be in the UK and to miss the craziness here!) The night after one particularly terrible storm, pretty much the entire area had no power. Thankfully our neighborhood has underground lines so it's fairly rare that we lose power, but many weren't so lucky. I live within sight of the towers at Dulles International, and the news was saying that people were abandoning cars and running into the airport because of a supposed tornado. It was bad. I took my cat and hid in the basement for a good two hours! I had no idea Sandringham was open, mostly because I know it's a privately owned estate - owned by the Queen rather than the country itself such as with KP, Buckingham, and so on. The pictures are so interesting - thanks for sharing them! We are headed to Ireland this year and are considering swinging by the UK while we're across the pond but haven't determined that for sure yet. Staying at Ashford Castle and looking forward to it!

Michelle said...

Any idea why the grave of baby Prince Alexander John has the words "ALBERT EDWARD" on the bottom rim of his grave? I mean I get that's the name of his dad but I've never seen a parent's name on a grave in that manner.

barbara wissinger said...

I didn't realize that 1) Sandringham was open to the public and 2) that it is within easy reach of London. Therefore, it has been put on my to-do list for next year's UK trip. (Very OT, but have you ever been to Chatsworth?)

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

About 2 hours by train, then a bus that runs about every hour. Yes, did Chatsworth years ago in the rain