The Christmas trees are up at Buckingham Palace and they're as fabulous as you'd expect

Danielle Stacey
·Royal Correspondent
The festive season has begun for the Royal Family (Photos: Twitter/@RoyalFamily/Getty)
The festive season has begun for the Royal Family (Photos: Twitter/@RoyalFamily/Getty)

Christmas has officially arrived at Buckingham Palace.

The Royal Family’s Twitter account posted footage of staff preparing the three towering Christmas trees in the Marble Hall near the Grand Entrance.

The trees, grown in Windsor, have been covered with hundreds of white lights and decorated in “royal story” with Royal Collection Christmas decorations of miniature red velvet and gold crowns and embroidered state coaches.

Multi-coloured baubles and red velvet bows also adorn the festive garland along the length of the grand staircase.

Queen Charlotte, consort of George III, is thought to have introduced the Christmas tree to the Royal Family. The later enthusiasm of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for the custom helped spread the popularity throughout the country.

The decorations are ready for the royal family to enjoy when they join the Queen for a pre-Christmas lunch ahead of December 25, as is usually the custom before she heads to Sandringham.

The Queen and her family usually wait until the day before Christmas to decorate their tree at Sandringham House in Norfolk, gathering in the White Drawing Room on Christmas Eve to put the finishing touches to a 20ft tree cut from the estate.

Tonight, the Queen will host an evening reception at Buckingham Palace for Members of the Diplomatic Corps.

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