St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham
|St. Mary Magdalene Church|
|Denomination||Church of England|
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. It is dedicated to Saint Mary Magdalene.
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. It is described as a small building in the Perpendicular style, "nobly lying on raised ground". It is located in the park and is approached through the garden by "an avenue of fine old Scotch firs".
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.
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