Queen upsets the locals at Sandringham by building huge earth bank

Queen upsets the locals at Sandringham by building half-mile ‘eyesore’ earth bank to stop cars parking on roadside

  • The Queen, 94, had the 1,000-metre kerb erected at the royal estate in Norfolk
  • The foot-high mound has prevented visitors from parking along the grass verge
  • The earth bank was started last autumn and is near St Mary Magdalene church
  • There are two car parks for tourists visiting the grounds but they charge for use

The Queen has upset locals at Sandringham by building a half-mile ‘eyesore’ earth bank to stop cars parking on the roadside.

Her Royal Highness, 94, had the 1,000-metre kerb erected at the royal estate near King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

The foot-high mound has prevented visitors from parking along the grass verge near the stately home.

Her Royal Highness, 94, had the 1,000-metre kerb (pictured) erected at the royal estate near King’s Lynn, Norfolk

The earth bank was started in the autumn near St Mary Magdalene church, which the Queen (pictured last May) regularly visits

There are two car parks for tourists visiting the grounds, but they cost £3 for two hours, £5 for four hours and £7 for a day.

The earth bank was started in the autumn near St Mary Magdalene church, which the Queen regularly visits.

James Bullmore, who lives nearby, told the Sun: ‘The mud kerbs along the side of the road look awful. They are a complete eyesore.

‘There is mud all over the verges and it really ruins the lovely views up the leafy road to the estate.’

A Sandringham spokesman said: ‘The project is all about keeping this a safe place to visit.’

The foot-high mound (pictured before it was made into a kerb) has prevented visitors from parking along the grass verge near the stately home

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have not been at Sandringham since the start of the coronavirus crisis as they isolate at Windsor Castle in Berkshire.

Her Majesty has been passing the time by riding her fell pony across Home Park on the estate.

Head groom Terry Pendry ensures her ponies are ready and he keeps two metres from his boss.

All protective disinfectant measures are taken, particularly for the horse’s saddle and bridle.

Her Majesty has been passing the time by riding her fell pony across Home Park on the estate

The monarch’s ride of choice is a black pony called Carltonlima Emma, named after the stud near Leeds where she was bred.

A team of 22 staff are working to provide a protective shield around Elizabeth and Prince Philip, which Windsor Castle colleagues are calling ‘HMS Bubble’.

It includes her favourite page Paul Whybrew, who co-starred in her James Bond skit for the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, and chefs, cleaners and officials.

Led by master of the household Tony Johnstone-Burt and the queen’s private secretary, Edward Young, the team have willingly agreed to live away from their own families for the duration of the lockdown.

It means they can serve the monarch and her husband – who moved to Windsor from Sandringham, where he has lived for the past few years – without needing protective equipment such as gloves and masks, or to abide by social-distancing guidelines.

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