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Queen to make £1m by charging public to park at Sandringham

Elvis Mekenye

Oct. 07, 2019

THE Queen will boost her coffers by £1million a year by charging people to park at her Sandringham estate. Aides say the money will be used to improve the country park surrounding the grand Norfolk residence where the monarch spends every winter.
The cash will also go towards refurbishing the café, visitor centre and gift shop at the 20,000-acre estate. Work will also start on an arboretum and new pathways. Parking will be included in the ticket price for anyone visiting the house, museum and gardens. But from February, people going to the country park will have to pay if they stay for longer than 20 minutes.
But from February, people going to the country park will have to pay if they stay for longer than 20 minutes.
Parking will cost £3 for up to two hours, £5 for up to four and £7 per day. Season tickets will also be available from £40.
A spokesman for the royal estate said: “Every year, thousands of people are welcomed to the Sandringham estate to enjoy the country park, house, museum and gardens.
“In recent years, the number of vehicles to the estate has increased significantly – particularly in the country park, which received over 500,000 visitors last year.
“The estate will implement a car parking charge from February in order to assist with the increasing cost of maintaining facilities and to allow funding for future developments.”
The charges will not apply on Christmas Day when thousands of people visit to see the Royal Family going to church.
Royal pay and display – Express Comment
Well done, Ma’am.
We refer to the canny royal ruse of charging for the public car park at the Sandringham estate, the Queen’s home in North Norfolk.
Set to bring in £1million a year from next February the money will go towards the upkeep of Sandringham House and a makeover for its cafés, visitor centre and gift shop.
Reasonable enough, you might argue.
But some among us will see it as another chapter in a long-running relationship – we pay, they display.
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