We learned yesterday that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are breaking a decades-long holiday tradition this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Rather than spending Christmas at Her Majesty’s Norfolk home, Sandringham estate, the queen and the prince have opted to, instead, continue to isolate at Windsor Castle.
“Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor,” a palace spokesperson revealed per Marie Claire.
However, it doesn’t seem like COVID-19 is stopping the royal couple from getting into the holiday spirit. The 94-year-old monarch has already decked out Windsor with decor, including an incredibly impressive Christmas tree.
According to a new Instagram video shared by the Royal Collections Trust, the 20-foot Norwegian spruce was selected and felled by the Forestry Team in Windsor Great Park (part of the Crown Estate), before being transported to Windsor Castle, where it was decorated with hundreds of festive ornaments. Not to mention, lucky visitors can see the castle's holiday decorations firsthand starting today through January 4.
This year will mark the first time since 1987 that the monarch will spend Christmas at Windsor rather than Sandringham.
“They are fortunate to spend Christmas with their family every year, but they understand that their family will have competing demands over the Christmas period and are content to have a quiet festive season this year," a source told People. "Like everyone, their hope is that normality will return in 2021."
We wonder if Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis helped virtually decorate this big guy, or if Liz handled it all on her own.
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