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The Queen puts up her Christmas tree

Christmas Tree at Windsor Castle
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

Windsor Castle is ready for Christmas as the Queen prepares to spend the festive season there for the first time in over thirty years. The tree is up in St. George’s Hall and sparkling ready for the big day.

Christmas Tree at Windsor, NOT FOR REUSE
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

A 20 feet Norway spruce was selected from Windsor Great Park to form the central part of the Christmas decorations at the ancient royal residence. It has been placed at the heart of the castle, in the hall reconstructed following the fire there in 1992, and decorated with hundreds of glass baubles and lights.

Visitors to the castle will be able to enjoy its festive sparkle as they make their way back following the closure brought about by the second national coronavirus lockdown in England which came to an end on December 2nd 2020.

The Royal Collection Trust shared several images of the tree which is just part of the Christmas celebrations at the castle. The State Dining Room has been laid ready for a festive feast like no other with silver gilt pieces commission by King George IV. The Waterloo Chamber is decked with pantomime pictures created by Claude Witham during the Second World War to fill the gaps left when the priceless royal portraits there, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, were removed for safe keeping. This is only the second time since the War that the panto pictures have been revealed.

State Apartments at Windsor NOT FOR REUSE
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle this year because of the pandemic. Their usual major family gathering at Sandringham has been cancelled. It will be their first festive season at Windsor since 1987.

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