Here’s How Buckingham Palace Is Decorated for the Holidays

published Dec 11, 2018
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Queen Elizabeth is decking the halls of Buckingham Palace. The holiday decor has officially arrived, and as you could probably guess, she doesn’t go the “red and green lights and inflatable Santa” route.

Just like every year, there are three Christmas trees, each of which have been grown on the grounds at Windsor, put up in the exquisite Marble Hall.

The Christmas Trees have arrived at Buckingham Palace!
? Watch as the Marble Hall transforms for the festive season. #Christmas #BuckinghamPalace

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 4, 2018

According to, each is strung with rows of twinkling string lights, with miniature English crown and carriage ornaments adorning the branches. They each have tiny gems, intricate beading work, and shimmering accents. Some of the crowns are emblazoned with the word “palace” on the front in embroidery. On the staircase railing, lush garlands are adorned in colorful baubles, in a mix of purple, blue, red, gold, and pink.

The Queen’s official Scotland residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, has gotten the holiday treatment as well:

Christmas has always been a major event for the Royal Family. The Queen broadcasted her first Christmas message in 1952, and has done it live since 1957. The location is usually Buckingham Palace, but it has also been made at Windsor and Sandringham. The broadcasts allow the Queen to share a round-up of events that went on during the past year, and to share good tidings for the holiday season.