Sandringham, the royal family's country estate where Will and Kate have taken up residence, has been checked off the bucket list. We made a super high speed visit late in the day. Turns out you can't actually go into much of the main house so it worked out fine. The bit we saw was just stunning. It is of more recent vintage than many of the estates open to the public and is still in regular use. Hence, it is spit and polished through and through, yet still has an air of family home to it. That is, if you are the royal family.
There were a couple of very cool things we stumbled upon. One of the rotating exhibit spaces featured a collection of photographs of the Queen from the 50s-today. I think we learned more about her majesty from this exhibit than all the history I have read. (which admittedly isn't all that much...) Perhaps I just read her wrong from her pictures in the press. These showed a vibrant, somewhat mischievous woman who is still riding her horses in her 80s. 80s!
There was a collection of the Christmas cards people have sent over the years.
And several garages full of various vehicles that have transported the royals over the years from horse drawn carriages to cars, including a collection of perfect little tiny models that were given to royal children over the years. Who knew?
A delightful day out.