The knitting queen meets Princess Anne at the Royal Norfolk Show

Published:
09:28 30 June 2022



The ‘knitting queen’ described her joy after meeting her third royal in less than a year.

Margaret Seaman, from Caister, near Great Yarmouth, made headlines last year with her woolen recreation of the Sandringham estate.

Now the 93-year-old has become a highlight of the Royal Norfolk Show after catching the eye of Princess Anne during her visit.


Princess Anne with Knitting Queen Margaret Seaman
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Princess Royal has spent a lot of time talking with Ms Seaman about her job.

Speaking to tens of thousands of visitors at the two-day show, which took place on Wednesday July 29 and Thursday July 30, she was delighted to meet another member of the royal family – the third in less than a month. year.

She said: “I was lucky enough to meet Camillia and the Queen this year too.


The Royal Norfolk Show 2022, visitors to Princess Anne on the first day of the show.

Princess Anne took a keen interest in the work of Margaret Seaman
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

“Talking to Princess Anne, she was very interested in my piece and we talked about it for quite a while.

“She said her favorite part was the stables.

“My favorite is the church, and you can see the Queen and Prince Philip on the balcony and William and Kate with the three children in the garden.”


Margaret Seaman knitted a woolly recreation of Sandringham Estate.

Margaret Seaman knitted a woolly recreation of Sandringham Estate.
– Credit: Sandringham Estate

The dedicated knitter took two years to complete the ‘woolly wonders’ of Sandringham Estate after focusing her efforts on finishing the project while sheltering in her home during the pandemic.

Working from sketches and photographs, Ms Seaman’s work features a knitted version of Sandringham House, including its intricate architecture, chimneys and windows, which measure 18 feet by 6 feet.


Margaret Seaman knitted a woolly recreation of Sandringham Estate.

Margaret Seaman knitted a woolly recreation of Sandringham Estate.
– Credit: Sandringham Estate

It all started when she joined a knitting group at the Louise Hamilton Center in Gorleston and decided to recreate a knitted pond and garden in memory of her late husband Fred.

During the pandemic, she used thirty-four balls of yarn and took three months to make an entire hospital to raise money for the three hospitals in Norfolk. She continued to collect thousands for charity.


Margaret Seaman knitted a woolly recreation of Sandringham Estate.

Margaret Seaman knitted a woolly recreation of Sandringham Estate.
– Credit: Sandringham Estate

Organizers of this year’s 175th Royal Norfolk Show hailed Princess Anne’s visit as “the icing on the cake”.

Tens of thousands of visitors from across the county flocked to the Norfolk Showground, with some lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Princess Royal.