St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham

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St. Mary Magdalene Church
St. Mary Magdalene Church is located in Norfolk
St. Mary Magdalene Church
St. Mary Magdalene Church
Location in Norfolk
52°49′42″N 0°30′32″E / 52.828204°N 0.508924°E / 52.828204; 0.508924
Denomination Church of England
Parish Sandringham, Norfolk
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St Mary Magdalene Church is a church in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, located just to the northwest of Sandringham Estate. Members of the royal family attend services when in residence at Sandringham, which normally includes Christmas.[1] It is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene.[2]

The current building dates to the 16th century and was restored in 1857 and is considered to be a noteworthy example of a carrstone building.[3][4]

The silver altar and reredos were presented to Queen Alexandra by the American Rodman Wanamaker as a tribute to Edward VII. He also presented her with the silver pulpit and a silver 17th-century Spanish processional cross. Of note also is a Florentine marble font and a Greek font dating to the 9th-century.[3][5] It is described as a small building in the Perpendicular style, "nobly lying on raised ground".[6][7] It is located in the park and is approached through the garden by "an avenue of fine old Scotch firs".[7]

There are memorials to many members and relations of the Royal Family in the church and churchyard. Prince John (12 July 1905 – 18 January 1919) is buried here. King George VI lay in state in the church after his death in February 1952.[8]


  1. ^ "Duke of Edinburgh misses royals' Christmas Day service". BBC. 25 December 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Blomefield, Francis; Parkin, Charles (1775). An Essay Towards a Topographical History of the County of Norfolk: History of Norwich. Printed for W. Miller. p. 684. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Church of St. Mary Magdalene". Sandringham Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Kelly, E.R. (1865). The Post Office Directory of Norfolk & Suffolk. p. 365. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  5. ^ James, N P (1 November 2011). Norfolk: A County Guide. Cv Publications. p. 25. ISBN 978-1-908419-01-9. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  6. ^ JSTOR (Organization) (1905). The Musical times. Novello. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Jones, C. Rachel (1888). Sandringham, past and present. Jarrold & Sons. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  8. ^ Time Inc (18 February 1952). LIFE. Time Inc. p. 38. ISSN 0024-3019. Retrieved 26 December 2011.