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Visit the residences where England's newest heir to the throne may spend the holidays

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The royal family spends the winter, and especially Christmas, at Sandringham, an estate in Norfolk north of London. From Easter through October, the royals depart and the house is open for public tours.

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The royal family spends the winter, and especially Christmas, at Sandringham, an estate in Norfolk north of London. From Easter through October, the royals depart and the house is open for public tours.

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The royal estate of Sandringham covers 20,000 acres, including 60 acres of gardens perfect for a stroll.

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A portrait of the Princess of Wales done in 1896 hangs over the fireplace in the Drawing Room at Sandringham.

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Miniature motorcars used by children in the royal family are on display in the Long Gallery of the museum at Sandringham.

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The Saloon is the first room visitors enter when touring the house at Sandringham.

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Kensington Palace, where William, Kate and baby Prince George live in London, was built in 1605 and has been in the royal family since 1689. Half of the palace is a museum open to the public.

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A red evening dress worn by Princess Diana during a royal tour of Saudi Arabia is one of 21 couture dresses in an exhibit at Kensington Palace.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert often escaped with their nine children for some quality family time at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert often escaped with their nine children for some quality family time at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert often escaped with their nine children for some quality family time at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

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For modesty's sake, Queen Victoria used a bathing machine when she went swimming off Osborne beach. The contraption was pushed on rails into the water where she emerged in her bathing suit.

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Queen Victoria died in her bedroom at Osborne House. Since Albert's death 40 years earlier, she kept his portrait on the headboard on his side of the bed.

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Where will baby Prince George be on Dec. 25? Most likely at his great-grandparents' country estate. Or perhaps with his parents in their palace apartment in London. Or maybe mum and dad will take George to the Isle of Wight to see where his fifth great-grandparents celebrated the Yuletide with their nine children. You can visit each of them, just not when the royals are around.
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