Buckingham Palace Revealed This Year’s Christmas Decorations

published Dec 15, 2017
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Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Just look to the royals; Buckingham Palace is currently full of Christmas cheer, according to Instagram.

Earlier this week, the Royal Family debuted the palace’s seasonal decor on Twitter and Instagram with a short video, interspersed with facts about holiday traditions in the UK.

“Did you know that the Christmas Tree was introduced to Britain in the eighteenth century by Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III?” the caption reads. “Although it was a yew tree rather than a fir that was used.”

The video also notes that while Charlotte brought Christmas trees to England, it was Victoria that popularized them. “The later enthusiasm of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the custom helped spread the popularity throughout the country,” the royal family’s website reads. “Today, The Queen and Members of her family, will usually put the final touches on their Christmas tree.”

The 15 foot Nordmann fir in the Marble Hall hails from Great Windsor Park, and there are two ten-foot trees in the Grand Entrance, as well. Each is decorated with white lights and crown shaped ornaments.

Lest you think the royals are afraid of color, the gilt bronze balustrades of the Grand Staircase—which were installed in 1828 during the reign of King George IV—have been adorned with garlands and colorful ornaments.

This year, as per usual, the royal family will be spending the holiday at Sandringham estate, and soon-to-be duchess Meghan Markle will be breaking tradition and attending as a fiancée.

Brush up on more royal family Christmas traditions over on their website.

h/t Today