Talk:Sandringham House

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Bold text —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:21, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Appleton House[edit]

The article suddenly starts talking about Appleton House without clarifying where exactly this is. Other places are also mentioned in a bubbling manner. (talk) 03:02, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

Park House[edit]

Why is Park House brought up? After going to its very commercial website it is discovered that it is on the grounds, but... so? —N·M—talk 13:18, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

George V[edit]

In his Historic Houses of Britain (1979), Mark Girouard includes a quote (but without further sourcing it) from George V: "Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world." (p. 33) This might be worked in somewhere to show the feelings of at least part of the royal family for the place. --Michael K SmithTalk 11:43, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Appleton House[edit]

What on earth is this doing in an article on Sandringham House, which is supposed to focus on the House, not the Estate. I'm confused on the detail because Appleton House no longer exists. Why do people coming to read about the Queen's winter retreat care about King Olav and Queen Maud of Norway? This information should be put on their pages. (talk) 17:16, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

pt. of clarification[edit]

Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle are the private property of the Queen, not the Royal Family as a whole. Charles, William, Harry, Andrew, etc. do not own it. The Queen owns it. If Elizabeth II abdicates the throne, she could keep Sandringham and Balmoral as her personal residences; her father had to buy them from Edward VIII. They belong solely to the reigning monarch, not the Royal Family.This point should be made clear. (talk) 18:17, 7 January 2013 (UTC)


There appears to be confusion about who owns Sandringham, Balmoral, etc. These private properties are *not* owned by "the royal family." They are specifically owned by *one* member of that family, namely the Queen. But she does not own them because she is Queen. She owns them because her father left them to her in his will. Just as *his* father before him left them to -- George's elder brother, Edward VIII.

The official royal residences are all government owned, so they don't change hands when the sovereign dies or resigns. Thus, when Edward VIII abdicated, he had to stop living in Buck House, Windsor Castle, and so on. But he still owned Sandringham, Balmoral, and all of the other privately owned buildings that his father, George V, left to him in his will. Neither was Edward VIII under any obligation to give those properties to his brother, George VI, upon his abdication. On the contrary, probably out of anger for the way his future wife had been treated, he pled poverty and made George VI buy the properties from him for a *lot* of many. George VI later learned that he had been duped; that, in fact, a substantial sum had been settled on Edward VIII and that he did not actually need to make George buy the properties at all. But by the time George found out his brother had lied to him, the payment had already gone through. (talk) 18:51, 1 July 2014 (UTC)