Here’s How the Royals Are Decorating Buckingham Palace for Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Buckingham Palace.

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Earlier this month, not one, not two, but three Christmas trees were delivered to the residence of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. And, fun fact: Each of these trees was grown at Windsor.

Once at the queen’s royal residence, the three trees were fixed in place at Buckingham Palace’s Marble Hall and then decorated with very royal plush ornaments, including a carriage and a crown.

According to the royal family’s website, Christmas trees were originally a German custom, and the custom of displaying Christmas trees was introduced to Britain in the late 18th century by Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III. They, however, used a yew tree, not a fir tree.

The Christmas tree was then popularized by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 19th century. It was in 1857 when a photograph was taken of their fir Christmas tree decked out with ornaments. That image — and several images of Queen Victoria and her family gathered around the Christmas tree — became so popular everyone else started putting up trees and decorating them in their own homes.

This year’s trees are adorned with adorable crown and carriage ornaments.

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What about the garland, you ask? Oh, it’s there — all along the grand staircase. You can’t miss it.

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