This Christmas will see many families breaking from tradition, not least the Royals. Instead of her usual trip to Sandringham House with the entire family, the Queen and Prince Phillip will be celebrating the festive season at Windsor Castle. However, one tradition that stands strong are the Queen's Christmas decorations at Windsor Castle.
Every year a stunning 20ft Norwegian Spruce tree, taken from the grounds of Windsor Great Park, is erected in the historic St George’s Hall. The largest room in the castle.
Photos of the spectacular Christmas tree show the Royal Collection Trust members of staff balancing on ladders to dress the tree. The tree was dressed with 3,000 lights, and decorated with regal red and gold mirrored ornaments. Topped with a lovely Angel dressed in a gold dress and red velvet robe.
Decorating the tree took a breathtaking 13 hours. Unlike most trees the Angel is actually the first decoration to be placed on the tree. Before reams of fairy lights are wrapped around the tree from top to bottom.
At Windsor castle, evergreens are the centrepiece of the festive display. A total of six trees have been included in the Queen’s festive decorations.
Another large tree adorned in a matching red and gold colour scheme has been placed in the castle’s Inner Hall. While three smaller trees, decorated with glittering gold ornaments, line the Queen’s gallery.
Festive green garlands threaded with dramatic gold flowers and hints of red cover the Grand Staircase.
The State Dining Room has also been decorated for the occasion. In a nod to the bicentenary of George IV’s accession to the throne in 1820, the dining table has been laid with his silver-gilt Grand Service.
If you are looking for some in person inspiration for your decorations, Windsor Castle is now open to visitors. On Saturday’s through December families visiting the Castle will also be able to enjoy storytelling and craft activities.
For an added festive touch wartime pantomime pictures are on display in the Waterloo Chamber for the rest of the month.