Windsor Castle Is Ready for Christmas

The first holiday season since the death of Queen Elizabeth is sure to be a strange one for the British royal family. Yet, the show must go on—and Windsor Castle, the final resting place of Queen Elizabeth, is now decked out for Christmas.

Windsor Castle's State Apartments, which are available to visit five days a week, are now transformed with festive holiday decor. Per the Royal Collection Trust, which manages the Castle, "Visitors to Windsor Castle will see the State Apartments transformed with shimmering Christmas trees, twinkling lights, festive garlands and a spectacular table display in the Waterloo Chamber, one of the largest and most impressive rooms in the Castle."

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A Christmas tree on display in the Crimson Drawing Room.Andrew Matthews - PA Images - Getty Images
christmas at windsor castle
A member of the Royal Collection Trust staff puts the finishing touches to a Christmas tree in the Crimson Drawing Room.Andrew Matthews - PA Images - Getty Images

The highlight of the Christmas decorations is a 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir tree in St George’s Hall. According to the Royal Collection Trust, the tree was grown in Windsor Great Park, and is decorated with 3,000 lights and hundreds of ornaments. In celebration of King Charles's 74th birthday, he was made Ranger of Windsor Great Park, a role previously held by his father, Prince Philip.

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The 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir Christmas tree.Andrew Matthews - PA Images - Getty Images

Elsewhere, in Waterloo Chamber, there is a festive table display of decorations and items from the Royal Collection, and wreaths and garlands have been hung on the Grand Staircase.

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Andrew Matthews - PA Images - Getty Images
christmas at windsor castle
Andrew Matthews - PA Images - Getty Images

The royal family typically spends Christmas at Sandringham, and in the week before the holiday, the Queen hosted a luncheon for extended family at Buckingham Palace. There's no word on what traditions King Charles will keep this year.

The Christmas displays at Windsor Castle will be on view until January 2, 2023. Windsor Castle is open to the public five days a week Thursday to Monday. You can get tickets at www.rct.uk.

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