Royalty in Norfolk

Norfolk has a long association with the Kings and Queens of England and Great Britain, from William I, who established Norwich Castle as a royal palace soon after The Norman Conquest, to Elizabeth II whose private home at Sandringham is in the west of the county.

Here is a selection of Norfolk's royal links...

Sandringham House in West Norfolk has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs - Edward VII, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II. Queen Victoria purchased the house and estate in 1862 by for Prince Edward (later Edward VII) and his wife Alexandra. The house, museum, gardens and country park are open to the public.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with their son George and daughter Charlotte, live in a private residence on the Sandringham Estate, which means Norfolk is now home to the second, third and fourth in line to the throne.

The Thursford Collection hosted The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first official public engagement after it was announced they were to be married, when they attended Thursford's Christmas Spectacular.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Thursford.

HM The Queen officially opened The Forum, Norwich's landmark millennium building on 18 July 2002.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Patron of the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust, visited Pensthorpe Nature Reserve, on 13 April 2008, to mark the reserve's 20th anniversary. The Duke of Edinburgh had officially opened the reserve on 11 July 1988.

HRH The Prince Wales, Patron of The National Trust's East Anglia Coast and Countryside Appeal officially opened the gazebo/viewing tower at Sheringham Park in February 1988.

King George VI opened City Hall in Norwich in October 1938, making a short speech witnessed by one of the largest crowds Norwich had ever seen and recorded by Pathé Newsreel. He also visited Norwich City FC, Carrow Road on the same day and became the first British monarch to watch a football league match.

The late Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother was patron of the King's Lynn Festival from 1951 until her death in 2002.

Lady Diana Spencer, later Princess of Wales was born at Park House on the Sandringham Estate 1 July 1961 and lived there until 1975. Park House is now a hotel run by Leonard Cheshire Disability.

The Royal Yacht visited Great Yarmouth in 1912 with Princess Victoria and Prince George of Greece and in 1993 with HM The Queen.

HRH Edward Prince of Wales officially opened the The Haven Bridge in Great Yarmouth in 1930.

The Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth) visited Britannia Pier, Great Yarmouth in 1931.

The Royal Norfolk Show had its royal prefix granted by Edward VII in 1908.

Royal Cromer Golf Club (founded 1888), Royal West Norfolk Golf Club Brancaster (founded 1892), and Royal Norwich Golf Club (founded 1893) all had their royal prefix granted by Prince Edward, later Edward VII.

Golf in Norfolk

Norfolk royalty - the early years

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