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Sandringham is the private Norfolk home of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who inherited it from her father, George VI. George loved the place and died there on 6 February 1952. The house is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk and is at the heart of the large Sandringham Estate, which includes Sandringham Royal Park, open to the public free of charge, and extensive private gardens.
There is evidence of prehistoric and Roman activity nearby and Sandringham itself is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Sant Dersingham”, the sandy part of Dersingham. The royal connection came via Queen Victoria’s son, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, who bought the then 18th century house and estate in 1862, aged 21. Edward demolished the house and, between 1870 and the 1890s, replaced it with the current one. It passed to his son, King George V, and then to his son Edward VIII who, following his abdication, sold it to his brother, George VI. All monarchs appear to have had a special affection for Sandringham.
The gardens were first opened to the public by King Edward VII in 1908, and in 1930 the Museum was opened with an admission charge of 3d (1.25p). Her Majesty the Queen opened the House itself to the public in her Silver Jubilee year, 1977.
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