When his debts increased he sold the estate of 7,000
acres to the monarchy and it was to Sandringham that the future King
Edward VII brought his new wife Princess Alexandra of Denmark to
Sandringham in 1863. Edward VII used to hold New Year shooting parties
at Sandringham. He was so fond of shooting that he turned all the
clocks at Sandringham back by half an hour to make the most of the
winter daylight hours. Thus coining the name ‘Sandringham Time’.
King George V maintained this custom, but his son King Edward VIII
abolished it on his accession in 1936.
Unfortunately after a day spent hunting Prince Albert developed a bad cough, a doctor was called who diagnosed pneumonia and influenza. Eddy never recovered from this illness and died at Sandringham on the 14th January 1892 and so it was that his brother became the heir and eventually became King. George also married his brother’s fiancée Princess May. Their eldest son, David the Duke of Windsor was born at White Lodge Surrey in June 1894. He later became Edward VIII, King of England but abdicated in order to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson.
The Royal Family still spend Christmas at Sandringham remaining there normally until February. The house, grounds and museum are open to the public. When The Queen or members of the Royal Family are in residence, the house is not open to the public
The royal residence of Sandringham in Norfolk is said to derive its name from a shortened version of ‘Sant Dersingham’ the sandy part of Dersingham. For those wishing to stay near to Sandringham, the nearby village of Dersingham (under 2 miles) with its 'ginger bread houses' offers a wide range of accommodation. Dersingham village has a good range of amenities with a supermarket, butcher, Chinese take-away, fish & chip shop and two pubs offering restaurant and bar meals.
The coastal resort of Snettisham is only a few miles away. Here you will also find Snettisham RSPB Reserve with its hides and flooded former gravel pits.
Five miles away is the busier seaside resort of Hunstanton
with its sandy beaches, indoor swimming pool and other sporting and
leisure facilities. Lots of entertainment for the children here
with a fair, donkey rides and Sea Life Sanctuary containing displays of
life under the ocean waves.
The house was considered both small, and badly
laid out, certainly not large enough for the six children that the royal
couple eventually had, many of whom were born within the cottage itself.
Yet Prince George is said to have loved it, even after the death of his
father King Edward VII, King George still lived at York Cottage. Leaving
his mother Alexandra to live in the large residence of Sandringham all
by herself, apart from a large contingent of staff that is.
Many famous people were born at York Cottage:
He died in his sleep at Wood Farm Wolferton aged just 14, and was buried at Sandringham Church. The BBC brought to light the sad and tragic story of this forgotten prince in a recent dramatisation entitled The Lost Prince.