The Queen gets Christmas ready with a 20ft tree at Windsor Castle and it even has crown baubles
Nov. 29, 2019
CHRISTMAS has arrived for the royal family with staff putting up some spectacular trees at Windsor Castle today.
Festive photographs show the traditional 15ft Nordmann Fir trees from Windsor Great Park being erected in the Crimson Drawing Room, and a 20ft version in St George's Chapel.
Staff could been seen carefully adding red and gold baubles to the impressive trees, before hanging miniature crowns and silver-gilt pieces from the Grand Service.
Ladders were needed to reach the highest branches of the trees that are now the centre-pieces of the grand rooms of the Queen's weekend palace, which is a stone’s throw from Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s home Frogmore Cottage.
The show-stopping Christmas decorations are an annual tradition, with Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert being the first to ship over a 26ft Nordmann Fir from Germany for the castle.
The Queen is expected to spend some time at Windsor Castle in December, but typically goes to Sandringham for the big day itself.
ROYAL RUNNING ORDER CHRISTMAS EVE Arrivals throughout the afternoon 4pm: Afternoon tea, followed by gag presents 8.15pm: Black tie dinner CHRISTMAS DAY 8.30am: Full English downstairs for the men 9am: The Queen gets her breakfast in bed 11am: Sandringham church service 1pm: Christmas lunch 2pm: Pudding 3pm: Queen's speech followed by Charades 8.15pm: Buffet dinner
Members of the royal family join the Queen and Prince Philip on Christmas Eve in Norfolk and celebrations last until Boxing Day.
During this time, they eat delicious food, play games like Charades, go on walks and everything in pencilled into a schedule.
The royals typically like to give cheap, jokey gifts to one another, with Prince Harry once took the gag gift rule to the extreme with a very rude present for his grandma - a shower cap with a slogan across it reading "Ain't Life A B***h".
Prince Harry, Meghan and baby Archie are reportedly not spending Christmas with the rest of the royal family this year.
Most of us hurry to put the tree away by the Twelfth Night on January 5, but Her Majesty does things a little differently.
She's said to keep her decs up until February 6, which marks the anniversary of her father's death.
King George VI passed away at Sandringham, where the royals celebrate Christmas, on that date in 1952.
And the Queen tends to stay in the Norfolk estate to mark the anniversary in private with Prince Philip before returning to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
The Queen has bespoke Christmas crackers for the royal family – and she loves reading the corny jokes out loud.
And the Queen may have to delay Christmas at Sandringham if Boris Johnson wins the election.
Paul Burrell says the Queen will be 'beside herself' after Prince Andrew has stepped down from Royal duties
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