Christmas

The Queen’s Christmas decorations in Windsor Castle celebrate a British festive tradition

The State Apartments are dressed for the season, and you can see the decorations for yourself

Christmas tree at Windsor Castle
(Image credit: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

The coming weeks will see many of us dress our homes for the holidays, and Windsor Castle is certainly no exception.  The Queen's royal residence in Berkshire has unveiled its Christmas decorations for 2021 – and they celebrate a classic English tradition. 

The Windsor Castle decorations coincide with the Princesses Pantomimes costume display – an exhibition that includes a collection of outfits made for the Queen and Princess Margaret when they performed an Old Mother Red Riding Boots pantomime as teenagers. Pantomimes are a time-honored festive tradition that many families (including the Royals) enjoyed.

However, the focal point of the event is the 20-foot Christmas tree that visitors can experience as they pass through St George's Hall in the castle. With its timeless color scheme and overflow of fairy lights, the decorations celebrate Christmas tree trends that will struggle to go out of style. 

Christmas tree at Windsor Castle

(Image credit: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

In keeping with annual tradition, the stunning 20ft Norwegian Spruce tree is taken from the grounds of Windsor Great Park and displayed in the hall. The largest room in the castle. The tree is dressed in an abundance of fairy lights that envelope the entire tree and ensure it keeps sparkling beyond the early winter sunset. 

The tree is also covered in regal red and gold mirrored ornaments and topped with an angel, dressed in a gold dress and red velvet robe. These traditional Christmas decoration ideas are only fitting for one of the grandest homes in England – but can be recreated (if, at least, on a smaller scale) in any home.

At Windsor castle, evergreens are the centerpiece of the festive display. A total of six trees have been included in the Queen’s festive decorations. 

Christmas tree at Windsor Castle

(Image credit: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

Another large tree adorned in a matching red and gold color scheme has been placed in the castle’s Inner Hall. While three smaller trees, decorated with glittering gold ornaments, often line the Queen’s gallery. 

The Princesses Pantomimes costume display runs until the end of January – while the accompanying Christmas decorations are on show until January 3rd. The Queen’s costumes are displayed in the castle’s Waterloo Chamber, the same room where she performed alongside her sister as a young Princess. 

Christmas tree at Windsor Castle

(Image credit: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)

For an added festive touch, you can also drop into a festive storytelling session on December 4th, 11th, 18th, 20th, and 23rd in the state apartments. You can discover more here

Rebecca Knight

Rebecca is the News Editor on Homes and Gardens. She has been working as a homes and interiors journalist for over four years. She first discovered her love of interiors while interning at Harper's Bazaar and Town & Country during my Masters in Magazine Journalism at City, University of London. After graduating she started out as a feature writer for Women's Weekly magazines, before shifting over to online journalism and joining the Ideal Home digital team covering news and features. She is passionate about shopping for well-crafted home decor and sourcing second-hand antique furniture where possible.