Christmas has arrived for the Queen! Her Majesty has a jaw-dropping 20 FOOT Nordmann Fir tree put up at Windsor Castle

15:36 • 24.11.17

Many of us will wait until advent kicks in before we begin our Christmas decorating, however, for the Queen Christmas has arrived early, the Daily Mail reports.

Staff at her Majesty's Berkshire home have been busy decking the halls and trimming the trees in preparation for the festive period.

As usual the centre piece is an enormous 20 foot Nordmann Fir tree taking pride of place in St  George's Hall at Windsor Castle.

The tree is sourced from the Queen's equivalent of the back garden having been cut from Windsor Great Park before being delivered to the castle.  

Decorations this year took a gold theme with glittery pine cones and stars adorning the branches of the fir branches and an traditional angel topping the tree. 

It isn't just the hallway that has received a seasonal makeover with the State Dining Room decked out in festive finery. 

The table in the dining room is set with silver-gilt pieces from the spectacular Grand Service, commissioned by George IV and still used today by The Queen and her guests at State Banquet. 


The glittering display at the castle where monarchs have celebrated Christmas since the 12th century also included giant red velvet bows and twinkling fairy lights.

The Christmas decorations have become an annual attraction at the castle, which last year bedecked its rooms with an oriental theme with the tree decorated with Chinese lanterns. 

George's IV's mother Queen Charlotte famously decorated her home with yew, which used to be the traditional Christmas tree before fir trees were popularised by Prince Albert in the mid-19th century.

A memoir of Queen Charlotte, published in 1819, recalls how “in the middle of the room stood an immense tub with a yew-tree placed in it.”

It details how the branches were adorned with: “bunches of sweetmeats, almonds, and raisins, fruits and toys, most tastefully arranged, and the whole illuminated by small wax candles”. 

While the Queen is expected spend time at Windsor Castle throughout December the royal does not traditionally spend Christmas at her Berkshire home. 

The royal family join the Queen and Prince Philip at their Sandringham residence from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day and everything from their arrival time to when they eat breakfast, walk the dogs, sit down to lunch and retire to bed is strictly timetabled. Even lunch on Christmas Day is pencilled in for just 50 minutes. 

Over three days, the royals celebrate a deeply traditional Christmas with a personal touch including ‘cheap and cheerful’ gifts given on Christmas Eve and a liking for charades.

Prince Philip leads the family on the 330-yard walk to the 16th Century church of St Mary Magdalene on Christmas morning. The Queen, however, is driven. The service is always about 45 minutes, the Queen having received Communion privately in the morning.


 Staff at the Queen's Berkshire home have been busy decking the halls and trimming trees in preparation of the festive period

As is tradition a 20ft Nordmann Fir tree has been erected in the St George's hall of Windsor Castle 

The table in the dining room is set with silver-gilt pieces from the spectacular Grand Service, commissioned by George IV and still used today

This year's tree has taken a gold theme, a more traditional theme compared to last year's that was decorated with Chinese lanterns 

The tree features dozens of gold pine cones and even several miniature crowns in celebration of the monarch 


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