Prince Charles to keep Prince Philip’s legacy alive as royal to ‘take over’ Duke’s estate

Prince Charles to take over responsibility of Sandringham

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Prince Charles is already the sole owner of Highgrove, in Gloucestershire, which over the years he transformed into an idyllic home away from his main office in London at Clarence House. But the Prince of Wales could soon start calling Sandringham his country house as royal commentator Robert Jobson suggested he will make it his country residence of choice. The Norfolk royal residence is very dear to the Queen and for years was among the favourite getaways of the late Prince Philip.

Speaking to True Royalty’s The Royal Beat, Mr Jobson said: “It does look that way, the way things are moving, that Sandringham is going to be Charles’ country estate.”

Majesty Magazine editor-in-chief Ingrid Seward noted Prince Charles has already been playing a leading role in the management of the estate, helping turn its farming to fully “organic.”

She said: “He took over…it’s all organic now.

“He took over that a couple of years ago.”

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She added: “It’s his responsibility. Sandringham was the shooting estate and that’s what keeps a lot of it going, so it’s really important.”

Sandringham has long been very dear to the Queen and the Royal Family as they traditionally spend their Christmas holidays in Norfolk.

Her Majesty normally drives up to the estate in mid-December and spends time there until early February.

Before the pandemic, she would stay in Norfolk until February 6, the anniversary of her father’s death.

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King George VI died in his sleep at Sandringham while the Queen and Prince Philip were en route to Australia for a royal tour.

She was expected to resume the tradition after being forced to spend last Christmas at Windsor because of the pandemic.

In October, she was reported to have travelled to Sandringham via helicopter to oversee preparations.

But the reintroduction of Covid restrictions and concerns about her not coming in contact with large groups of crowds forced her to shelve the plans.

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She spent Christmas at Windsor Castle with Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, her youngest son Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex as well as her cousin the Duke of Gloucester and his wife.

Prince Philip was known to spend months at Wood Farm, on the Sandringham Estate, before coronavirus forced him and the Queen to isolate for months at Windsor Castle.

An outdoorsy man, the Duke of Edinburgh continued to engage in some of his favorite pastimes, such as carriage driving, on the estate.

He selected the small cottage as his main residence following his retirement in 2017

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