Sandringham Palace: royal residents, history & how to visit
The country estate is worth an eyewatering amount
ROYAL RESIDENCE Where is Sandringham Estate and which royals live there?
SANDRINGHAM Estate is known for being the beloved private country home of the late Queen Elizabeth.
The sprawling property has now been passed onto King Charles, and is steeped in Royal Family history.
Located in Norfolk, Sandringham Estate was bought by as a country home for Edward VII, then Prince of Wales, and his soon-to-be wife, Alexandra of Denmark in 1862.
The Grade II-listed house was then passed down to the late Queen's father, George VI, in 1900, who passed it onto her.
To this day, the impressive property continues to be privately owned by the Royal Family.
It was passed on to King Charles, following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022.
None of the Royal Family live permanently at Sandringham Estate, but the property has historically been their preferred residence for Christmas and New Year,.
In 1957, Queen Elizabeth II gave her first televised Christmas message from the estate,.
This came 25 years after the first radio broadcast from the house, made by her grandfather, Edward VIII.
Prince Philip would often stay at Wood Farm, a farmhouse on the grounds of the estate, after retiring from royal duties in 2017.
The Sandringham Estate covers 20,000 acres of land, and even boasts a sprawling country park.
According to the estate’s website, more than 200 people make their living from the estate, including gamekeepers, gardeners, farmers, as well as workers for Sandringham’s sawmill and its apple juice pressing plant.
The house is a Grade II listed building and the landscaped gardens, park and woodlands are on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
Each monarch who has lived in Sandringham has developed the grounds to their taste and infused a bit of their personality.
On its website, it says: “A densely planted shrubbery with a shade woodland walk was instigated by Queen Elizabeth II in the late 1960s.”
Her Majesty brought a collection of Rhododendron, Camellia, and Magnolia trees from Windsor, another of her favourite residences.
They were planted in Sandringham in the hope that they would create “more interest, shelter, and privacy in the garden".
After taking over the estate, King Charles has implemented several changes to the estate as well.
The monarch is known for his message of sustainability, and has reportedly installed bird boxes at the estate and introduced around 500 rare-breed cattle.
How much is Sandringham Estate worth?
In 1862, Sandringham was purchased by the Royal Family for £220K.
Fast forward over a 160 years, and the impressive property is worth a staggering amount.
As of 2024, Sandringham Estate is valued at around £60M.
Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton have a 10-bedroom property on the Sandringham Estate known as Anmer Hall.
It was gifted to them by the late Queen after the royal couple's wedding in 2011 and was refurbished for £1.5million.
Is Sandringham open to the public?
Queen Elizabeth II opened the house to the public during her Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977.
Visitors are allowed to tour the property during certain times in the year, as long as they purchase tickets.
The house and gardens are open to the public during the spring and summer months but the estate is yet to reveal the dates it will be open in 2024.
However, visitors can explore the surrounding Royal Parkland all year.
This also includes the chance to have an afternoon tea in the courtyard.
To find out more about this, visit the Sandringham Estate website.
Can you live on the Sandringham Estate?
The Sandringham Estate frequently has properties available for rental across 13 villages, from Wolferton to Bircham.
The estate's housing policy is to let properties as a primary residence, prioritising those who live and work locally.
Properties are not let on a first come, first served basis, but rather on which prospective tenant is best suited to the property.
The properties are let to tenants on Assured Shorthold Tenancies for a minimum period of twelve months and all properties are let unfurnished.