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.