The Sandringham estate, belonging to King Charles, has recently launched a new venture, marking yet another change at his Norfolk home. In preparation for the royal family’s Christmas gathering at Sandringham, the house and gardens will be closed to the public starting from Thursday, 12 October. Throughout the summer, the estate hosted various events, including charity fundraising races and spectacular music concerts. However, as the festive season approaches, it is time for the monarch and his family to enjoy the privacy of their residence.
A Tradition Continues
Last year, King Charles invited his family members to celebrate Christmas at Sandringham, following the tradition set by his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. Attending church together was an integral part of their festive celebrations. This year, the monarch is expected to continue this tradition. The official Instagram account of the estate shared a beautiful photo of the gates at Sandringham, adorned with the autumnal hues of the surrounding trees. The caption accompanying the picture acknowledged the closure of the house and gardens, but reassured followers that the Royal Parkland and courtyard facilities would remain open until Christmas Eve.
A Beloved Spot in Norfolk
The striking scene captured in the photograph garnered appreciation from followers. Many expressed their love for Sandringham, with comments such as “My favourite spot in the whole of Norfolk” and “My favourite trees… love driving past these every day and watching the seasons change.” These sentiments reflect the special place that Sandringham holds in the hearts of locals and visitors alike.
While preparations for the Christmas gathering are underway at Sandringham, much was happening at another royal residence, Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The Exclusively Highlands market, showcasing Scottish crafts, food, and beverages, was held at the castle. The monarch spent his summer at the estate, residing at Birkhall, their home on the property. In contrast to his late mother, King Charles prefers the cosiness and character of Birkhall rather than staying in the main castle. The monarch has often referred to Birkhall as a unique haven.
During their break at Balmoral, King Charles and Queen Camilla were joined by various members of the royal family, including the Prince and Princess of Wales. A photograph captured the couple attending church alongside King Charles and Queen Camilla, with Prince William driving himself and his wife to the service. Although their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis, were not present at the church service, they likely joined their parents in Scotland for the remaining weeks of summer. Balmoral Castle holds a special significance to the royal children as it was a favorite destination of their late great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.
Joining King Charles and Queen Camilla at Balmoral Castle were the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence. It is probable that Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, the children of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, also enjoyed the Scottish residence. The Duchess of York, Sarah, revealed that she had traveled to Scotland in August, indicating that she likely joined the royal family at Balmoral Castle as well.
As the seasons change, so do the activities and locations enjoyed by the British royal family. From the closure of Sandringham’s house and gardens in Norfolk to the bustling events at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the monarch and his family continue to embrace tradition and create lasting memories in the residences they call home.