By Emma Dooney
The Queen has sent her congratulations to a royal fan who paid her the ultimate architectural tribute—recreating Sandringham Estate from wool.
- The Queen has congratulated a royal fan for creating a knitted version of Sandringham Estate.
- Margaret Seaman, 92, spent two years working on the woolly project, which will be placed on display at Sandringham Estate from 17 July.
- In other royal news, the soundtrack to the NHS Buckingham Palace Tea Party was very unexpected.
Talented craftswoman Margaret Seaman received a royal stamp of approval from the Queen today after unveiling her knitted model of Sandringham Estate in Norwich.
Her Majesty took to Twitter to commend the breathtaking design, which took two years to finish, writing, "Congratulations to 92-year-old Margaret on completing a remarkable knitted recreation of Sandringham House and Estate!"
🧶👏 Congratulations to 92 year-old Margaret on completing a remarkable knitted recreation of Sandringham House and Estate! Visitors will have the chance to see Margaret’s handiwork, which is raising money for local NHS projects, on display at @sandringham1870 from 17th July. https://t.co/gJialPQ6WlJuly 6, 2021
The wooly replica of the Queen's private residence features all the details of the life-sized version, including the red brick mansion, flowery gardens, and tranquil lakes. The church, where Christmas services are held annually for the Royal Family, as well as the luxurious horse stables, were also recreated. Margaret even threaded up a few knitted figurines, adding a playful dollhouse-vibe to the impressive artwork.
The great-great-grandmother, who lives in Great Yarmouth, started knitting after the grief of losing her husband. Little did she know at the time, her newfound hobby would unravel into a mammoth passion project. The 18x6ft creation, which will go on display in the Ballroom at Sandringham House on 17 July, has earned Margaret strong praise from royal fans and fellow crafters alike.
"Very good! Art has its chosen ones and this lady proves it! Congratulations," one person wrote on Twitter.
Very good ! Art has its chosen ones and this Lady proves it! Congratulations 🌺✌👏🧶July 6, 2021
Others were impressed by her unique choice of materials. "Now there's a media I never thought to use for recreating architecture. Well done M. Seaman!" one person posted.
Now there's a media I never thought to use for recreating architecture. Well done M. Seaman!July 6, 2021
Margaret's fantastic model is also for a good cause, raising money for three Norfolk hospitals. Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to make a donation while they admire the fluffy masterpiece in all its glory.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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