Like the Queen, she is in her nineties and many times great-grandmother.
And like Her Majesty, she owns Sandringham. The difference is that Margaret Seaman knitted her version of the Norfolk estate.
The 92-year-old has worked up to 15 hours a day for the past two years to produce this massive model.
The main house and gardens were completed within six months.
Margaret Seaman, 92, worked 15 hours a day for two years to create her incredible version of Sandringham House and estate
The stunning version of Sandringham includes around 100 trees, ornamental hedges, vibrant flower beds and immaculate lawns
Ms Seaman has since added the library wing, ballroom and a former stable block converted into a museum and cafe. The 18ft by 8ft tableau also features a model of St Mary Magdalene Church where members of the Royal Family worship on Christmas Day.
Small details include approximately 100 trees, ornamental hedges, vibrant flower beds and immaculate lawns.
Knitted figures include the Queen and the late Prince Philip, who appear on the balcony at the back of the main house, and Prince William and his family.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are not to be seen after their decision to live in the US.
There is also a gardener with a wheelbarrow, three visiting nuns, a bishop in the porch of the church and horsemen.
Buildings were formed by sculpting and sticking together solid polystyrene building blocks and gluing knitted facades.
Future King Prince William is seen in this photo with his wife the Duchess of Cambridge and their children
Ms Seaman’s other knitted works include the Knittingale Hospital in honor of the temporary units established in 2020
Trees, including some with up to 200 individual knitted leaves, defy gravity using florist wire
Mrs. Seaman, who is also a great-great-grandmother, said, “I’ve always loved to knit, but I’m not as fast as I used to be because my fingers aren’t as flexible. It’s just a pleasure for me to do something that people like and like to watch.”
Her husband Fred died eight years ago and she lives with daughter Tricia Wilson – one of her four children – in Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk. Her first large-scale knit model, two years ago, was her hometown of Great Yarmouth, recreated in the heyday of the 1970s.
Last year, as a tribute to the NHS, she created a model ‘Knittingale Hospital’ – named after the temporary units set up to accommodate an expected increase in Covid patients.
“I start on one piece, work this far and then, if I get stuck and can’t figure out what to do next, I leave it behind and start on something else,” she said.
“I usually have five or six pieces on the go at once and I’m working on what my brain tells me to do.”
Ms Seaman said the most difficult part of her Sandringham Estate to make was the church, which required ten different types of gray wool to get the right colors.
Dozens of other colors of wool were used to match the bricks, chimneys, windows and decorative elements of all the buildings.
The 18ft by 8ft tableau also has a model of St Mary Magdalene Church where members of the Royal Family worship on Christmas Day
The Queen and Prince Philip can be seen on their balcony in this lovingly created masterpiece
Ms Seaman even noted the shades of the blinds when she first visited the property – on her 90th birthday – to make the wool reproduction as accurate as possible.
Her model of Sandringham can be seen until this Friday at the annual Norfolk Makers Festival at The Forum Center in Norwich.
It took two days to set up the different sections, packed in 50 boxes and stored in every room of her bungalow.
Mrs. Wilson, 72, said: ‘My mother has always loved a challenge. If she decides to do something, she just does it. That’s how she’s been all her life.
“She worked hard, raised children and helped my father run businesses and has always enjoyed knitting. But she started doing it more after my father died.’
Ms. Seaman is collecting donations from admirers of her knit creations to raise money for Norfolk’s three hospitals at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/margaretknitsfornorfolk