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Royal Christmas

The Dutch royal family get Christmas ready with sparkling tree

The main residence of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima is now ready for the festive season.

Huis ten Bosch Palace is now home to a huge Christmas tree that’s been decked with lights, ready for the holidays.

The nine metre tall tree was put up on the forecourt of the Palace just in time for the first Sunday of Advent, December 3rd 2023.

It’s decorated with over 400 lights. And in a video shared on the official Dutch royal social media, there were some tips for tree enthusiasts everywhere. The lights were draped in vertical lines rather than being wound horizontally around the tree, ensuring an even spread of sparkle.

The tree is up in time for the Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th, when many Christmas gifts will be exchanged in the Netherlands.

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Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.