Why the Queen’s father was in Sandringham when he died – not Buckingham Palace

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SANDRINGHAM has always been a favourite retreat of the Royal Family. Here’s the reason why the Queen’s father died there, and not at Buckingham Palace.

But on February 6, 1952, King George VI died suddenly at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

He died in his sleep at the age of 56 after suffering from bad health for a number of years.

His friends reported that he had retired to bed as usual, but then a servant found him dead the next morning when they went to wake him at 7.30am.

King George VI

Sandringham: King George VI died suddenly at Sandringham House in Norfolk in 1952 (Image: GETTY)

Picture of Sandringham House

Sandringham: The King had often retreated to his Sandringham estate during periods of bad health. (Image: GETTY)

The King was a heavy smoker and developed lung cancer, among other illnesses, including arteriosclerosis and Buerger’s disease.

His official cause of death was a coronary thrombosis, which is a blood clot that would have stopped his heart.

The King had been staying at his Sandringham estate for six days after waving goodbye to his daughter Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip at London Airport.

This was to be the last time he would be seen in public.

Picture of the royals at Sandringham

Sandringham: The Windsor’s Sandringham estate has has always been one of their favourite retreats (Image: GETTY)

The pair had set off to tour Australia via Kenya instead of the King, who was too ill to travel.

The King had often retreated to his Sandringham estate during periods of bad health.

It’s thought that he preferred the calm of his country estate as opposed to Buckingham Palace in the centre of hectic London.

Picture of George VI and the young Princess Elizabeth and Margaret cycling at Sandringham

Sandringham: The King loved country pursuits such as shooting and horse riding (Image: GETTY)

Sandringham House is set in the middle of a 20,000-acre sprawling estate, so it would have shielded the King from the public’s glare when his health was in decline.

It would have also provided a relaxing setting to help him recover.

Staying at Sandringham above Buckingham Palace wasn’t an unusual thing for the King to do.

Sandringham was known to be one of his favourite homes and so he often left Buckingham Palace to be there.

The King loved country pursuits such as shooting and horse riding – staying at Sandringham allowed him to indulge in these hobbies.

He was also born and brought up in nearby York Cottage, so the estate was clearly close to his heart.

His father, King George V even referred to it as “Dear old Sandringham, the place I love better than anywhere else in the world”.

Just like his son, George V also died at Sandringham House, so it isn’t unusual for the royals to end their days outside of their ‘official’ royal residence.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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