Since 1862, four generations of British monarchs have visited Sandringham Estate, their beloved country home. The sprawling locale is the private retreat of Her Majesty The Queen of England, Elizabeth II. The house is the crowning jewel of the 20,000-acre treasure on the coast of Norfolk, England, and for good reason.
Norfolk local Margaret Seaman is intimately familiar with the estate. The 92-year-old great-great-grandmother has spent the past year and a half working on a massive replica of Sandringham made entirely out of yarn! Her impressive project started at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing months of isolation and lockdowns,
Margaret was looking for a way to keep busy. She also wanted to help out the struggling health care heroes working for the National Health System and started brainstorming how she could raise money for them.An avid knitter, Margaret settled on recreating the queen’s country home — and then spent up to 15 hours each day working on it.
The result is a 16 foot 10 inch woven Sandringham residence surrounded by vast land. The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, where members of the royal family participate in Christmas mass, the vast English garden of the mansion and the Nest summer house occupy prominent positions. The attention to detail is impressive! There are leaves on the trees,
flowers on the ground, and even tourists and little royal family models scattered all over the place. Margaret did everything herself and received a little help from her daughter and her best friend in some small details, although it was a lot of work, she really liked this project because its content was preserved throughout the pandemic.
“Although we were in lockdown I was never bored, or never wished I could go out or anything, I was quite happy at home knitting Sandringham — I thoroughly enjoyed it,” Margaret said.When she’d finished the “wooly wonder,” she submitted it to the Norfolk Makers’ Festival and raised £8,000 (about $11,000) for three Norfolk NHS hospitals’ charity funds!
From there, the homemade masterpiece traveled to Sandringham House’s ballroom, where it will be on display for the public until October 14. One of the first guests to view it was none other than the queen herself!