The mother of the late Queen Elizabeth II once called in the local parson to address a haunting at Sandringham.
Considering the historic nature of the various residences of the British royal family and the number of people who must have died within their walls over the centuries, it is perhaps surprising that there aren’t more stories about alleged hauntings in royal households.
This particular case, which was detailed in the writings of the late newspaper diarist Kenneth Rose, occurred back in the summer of 2000 when the Queen Mother elicited the services of a local parson to investigate accounts of paranormal activity occurring in one of the rooms at Sandringham House.
According to Rose’s notes, some of the servants had complained about the room being haunted and had even refused to go in there for fear of encountering something paranormal.
The room had once served as a bedroom for King George VI (the Queen Mother’s late husband) who spent his final days there before his death from coronary thrombosis in 1952.
“[The Parson] walked from room to room and did indeed feel some sort of restlessness in one of them,” Rose wrote. “[He] held a service there, not exactly of exorcism, which is the driving out of an evil spirit, but of bringing tranquillity.”
“The congregation of three took Holy Communion and special prayers were said, I think for the repose of the King’s soul in the room in which he died.”
The Queen Mother herself died a relatively short time later at the age of 101 in 2002.
It is unclear if she ever spoke about the haunting with any other members of the royal family.