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The Queen’s Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 14:30 08 September 2015

The Queen riding at Sandringham in 1980

The Queen riding at Sandringham in 1980


Far from the crowds of the capital city, Sandringham is where the Queen comes to spend time in the country with friends and family.

Norfolk has been a place of retreat, rest and relaxation for generations of royals. It is here they can enjoy the beauty of the countryside, and there was once even a royal beach hut between Holkham and Wells.

Famously, the Queen has been an animal lover all her life and is particularly besotted by dogs and horses. She was given her first corgi for her 18th birthday and has kept pet corgis ever since. She also loves country walks with her Sandringham-bred Labradors, and regularly visits the Royal Pigeon Loft on the estate. She is an expert horse-woman (as well as the mother and grandmother of Olympic equestrian stars) and very knowledgeable about horse racing and breeding.

In the privacy of the Sandringham estate she has been able to walk her dogs and ride horses throughout her life - and in her beloved Norfolk any visits involving horses and dogs become both a duty and a joy.

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