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Flying restrictions put in place over Sandringham Estate



At the request of security services, flying over the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk will be restricted, not allowing aircraft within 1.5 miles of Anmer Hall, home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The rules will apply to Anmer Hall from the 1st November while similar regulations will come in to effect for Sandringham House on the 1st December.

Sandringham House

Sandringham House

The restrictions will cover a three month period, notably over the Christmas season when The Queen and members of The Royal Family are in residence on the Sandringham Estate.

The Department for Transport said the restrictions were required “in view of the need for security for The Royal Family.” The Civil Aviation Authority has issued regulations that no aircraft should fly below 2000ft in the restricted airspace.

Only recently the media was warned in a letter from Norfolk Police not to harass The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after “a number of intrusions” following the birth of Princess Charlotte in May. Kensington Palace also issued a statement insisting that public interest in the family must be balanced with their right to a “private family life.”

It is unknown whether the latest flying restrictions were put in place because of an incident and when asked, a Royal Communications secretary said it was in relation to “matters of security.”

While restrictions are in place for most aircraft, there are some that are exempt. The Queen’s helicopter and any aircraft flown by a member of The Royal Family will not be affected by restrictions, as are aircraft flown by guests at Sandringham House or Anmer Hall, who have permission to land there. Emergency services aircraft, including Prince William’s East Anglian Air Ambulance, and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency are also exempt.

Anmer Hall is the Norfolk home of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is a Georgian mansion located in the village of Anmer on Her Majesty’s Sandringham Estate. The hall was a gift to William and Kate from The Queen on the occasion of their wedding back in 2011.

Sandringham House is privately owned by The Queen and is the site where The Royal Family gather at Christmas time. Her Majesty and Prince Philip reside at Sandringham from December to February, usually returning to London shortly after Accession Day on 6th February.

Photo Credit: Jim Linwood