Sandringham - 20/4/ 2016 - Tonbridge U3A-Travel

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Sandringham - 20/4/ 2016

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The New Enterprise coach left Tonbridge for Norfolk on the 22 April with Roy at the helm.  A long journey broken at a services for a much needed coffee [etc!] we arrived at Sandringham on schedule just after noon.
The coach park was close to the main restaurant so many of us had lunch before walking across the road to the grounds of the house.  The weather was warm and sunny and we were there just the day before Her Majesty's 90th birthday……what brilliant management on the part of the Travel Team; Amy and David for this trip.
A walk took us up to the house, which was fascinating but unfortunately no photographs were permitted.  We could see just the ground floor but with excellent staff who added that snippet of local knowledge; like where the Queen had her desk and computer when she did her correspondence.  There were lots of family portraits both paintings and photographs, the latter dating back to the beginning of photographs, some formal others much less so.
Behind the house the Coach House had been turned into a museum of memorabilia from many tours of the Commonwealth and indeed the World.  Carriages and Royal cars were to be seen as was the Estate's fire appliance which had seen active service in successfully combating 2 fires which had occurred.
We walked round past the stream, which crosses the grounds and feeds the lake, which was resplendent with ducks and geese and glistened in the novelty of the spring sun. A couple of mallard ducks were shepherding their chicks in and around the water.
The Sandringham's church dedicated to St Mary Magdalene was quite tiny but unique with its silver altar and pulpit was just outside the park but on the way to the tea room; and the coach home.
Keith & Jasmine Stuart Smith
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