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Sandringham gets festive ice rink
Sandringham was built by the Prince and Princess of Wales in 1870
An ice rink is being built for visitors to use around Christmas time at the Queen's home at Sandringham in Norfolk.

A purpose-built ice rink is being built on the 600 acre country estate.

It is being put up outside the visitor centre, close to Sandringham Church and the war memorial, and will be flanked by Christmas trees and fairy lights.

The rink will open to the public on 4 December for five weeks. Sandringham was built in 1870 by the Prince of Wales, later crowned King Edward VII.

Sandringham's public enterprises manager Helen Walch said: "Having been to the States and seen what they do in New York it's something I've thought about for several years.

"The base will go up in the next month and it will take about a week to put up at the visitor centre in the country park which is always open year round. People can come and watch or they can come and skate."

The estate has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs and is now a country retreat of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

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