At the end of June there was a lot of hand wringing going on as the managers of Holkham Beach, Norfolk announced that it would be closed to naturists from 1st July 2013. They took this action because of reports of doggers using the beach despite making what turned out to be ineffective efforts last year to curb their activities.
The beach is close to the Sandringham Estate and, according to The Daily Telegraph’s Joe Shute, a favourite haunt of the Royal family until comparatively recently. Her Majesty The Queen made a home movie there in 1957, showing an eight-year old Prince Charles and six-year old Princess Ann buried up to their necks in the sand, while a corgi did it’s royal duty and stood guard. The article also reported that a beach hut was built there for the Royal family in the 1930s and remained until it was mysteriously burned down in 2003.
With Sandringham’s Anmer Hall earmarked as the new residence for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their new baby, the article went on to suggest that the ban brought a sigh of relief in Buckingham Palace. This implied that it would not have been a suitable place to bring up young children without it. Obviously, none of us believe that and, of course, the palace has said nothing officially.
The subject of the ban came up on