Christmas is just over a month away and even Her Majesty Queen Elizbeth is getting ready for “the most wonderful time of the year”.
All the way from Coburg, Germany, The Queen’s Christmas tree that will be displayed at Windsor Castle was delivered by a Mercedes CharterWay.
The 449 horsepower (330 kilowatts) Mercedes Actros 1845 LS BigSpace L semi-truck brought in the 39-foot (12 meters) tree straight from Callenberg Forest. Callenberg Forest is run by relatives of The Queen, the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha family. The British Royal Family previously went by Saxe-Coburg-Gotha but changed their name to Windsor in 1914 due to the negative connotations a German name has with World War I.
Christian Schleicher, a spokesman for Mercedes, spoke about the chance to be part of the holiday season: “It is a great honour for CharterWay to be permitted to transport this precious load. Coburg approached us due to our many years of contact with the Callenberg Forest. We have ourselves been selecting beautiful trees from there for years for the showrooms of our company-owned sales and service outlets,”
Prince Albert, The Queen’s great-great-grandfather, brought the first Christmas tree from his hometown of Coburg, Germany in the 1840s. The town has now gifted Her Majesty with her own German tree for her 90th birthday.
The tree is now at its final home at Windsor Castle awaiting an unveiling ceremony that will see the Christmas tree decorated by Coburg officials with the 2000 handmade glass decorations that the lorry also delivered from Germany.
On Saturday at 5pm, a Coburg delegation will join the Royal Borough’s Mayor Cllr Sayonara Luxton in unveiling the tree followed by a tree lighting at 5:30pm and over 150 performers.
Royal Borough mayor, Cllr Sayonara Luxton, spoke to The Royal Borough Observer saying: “The celebrations in our borough in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday have been spectacular so far and I cannot think of a more fitting way to help round off the year.
“The tree will make a beautiful centrepiece to the wider festivities throughout the borough and is a wonderful example of how this time of year can bring everyone together. I would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to our generous friends in Coburg and wish them a very merry Christmas.”