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Windsor Castle decked out for Christmas

Christmas has arrived at Windsor Castle – with thousands of twinkling lights for a magical holiday season.

The Berkshire residence, where the Queen lived in her later years, has been transformed with stunning Christmas displays including colorful holiday wreaths and towering 20-foot Christmas trees topped with angels.

People will be able to view the amazing shows at the State Apartments from today – a day earlier than usual.

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The Royal Collection Trust has confirmed that the decorations of Windsor Castle will remain on public display until 2 January.

The final touches were being added to the Christmas tree in the Crimson Drawing Room this morning. The tree is decorated from top to bottom with pink and purple tinsel, thousands of twinkling lights and topped with a traditional angel.

Meanwhile, wreaths of white, red, and green now adorn the grand staircase, and a sumptuous ceremonial ornament sits at the center table in the Waterloo Room.

It comes as the royal family prepares to celebrate its first Christmas without the Queen, who usually gathers family members at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

Members of the Royal Collection Trust look at a Christmas tree on display in the Crimson Drawing Room, during a photo call for Christmas decorations at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

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The Berkshire residence, where the Queen lived in her later years, has been transformed with stunning Christmas displays including colorful holiday wreaths and towering 20-foot Christmas trees topped with angels

The Berkshire residence, where the Queen lived in her later years, has been transformed with stunning Christmas displays including colorful holiday wreaths and towering 20-foot Christmas trees topped with angels

People will be able to view the amazing shows at the State Apartments from today - a day earlier than usual.  Pictured: decorations in the Waterloo Room

People will be able to view the amazing shows at the State Apartments from today – a day earlier than usual. Pictured: decorations in the Waterloo Room

It is understood that King Charles will continue this tradition, which usually sees the royal family attending church at St Mary Magdalene Church on the grounds of the royal estate on Christmas morning.

However, experts have suggested that the royal family’s first Christmas without Her Majesty will be a less formal affair.

The BBC’s former royal correspondent Jenny Bond says the royal family will still gather at Sandringham House this year to celebrate the festivities – but there may be some changes.

Speaking to OK! , the expert explained how Christmas has always been a solemn celebration in the royal family – with the family bowing, or bowing down, to Her Majesty.

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Ceremonial wreaths now adorn the Grand Staircase (pictured above) in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle

Ceremonial wreaths now adorn the Grand Staircase (pictured above) in the State Apartments at Windsor Castle

It comes as the royal family prepares to celebrate its first Christmas without the Queen, who usually gathers family members at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

It comes as the royal family prepares to celebrate its first Christmas without the Queen, who usually gathers family members at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

It is understood that King Charles will continue this tradition, which usually sees the royal family attending church at St Mary Magdalene Church on the grounds of the royal estate on Christmas morning.

It is understood that King Charles will continue this tradition, which usually sees the royal family attending church at St Mary Magdalene Church on the grounds of the royal estate on Christmas morning.

The royals are still expected to attend a service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham before returning home for a Christmas meal.

The royals are still expected to attend a service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham before returning home for a Christmas meal.

Instead, the author says that Charles’s first Christmas as king will be “less buttoned up” than in previous years.

Bond alleges that King Charles is likely to break with the family tradition of always gathering to watch the monarch’s televised speech when it is broadcast in the afternoon. Instead, the expert says Charles will abandon this “ancient” ritual and instead want his loved ones to focus on their memories of their happy times with the Queen.

Moreover, the author says that the king is likely to follow in his mother’s footsteps and pre-record his speech.

She added, ‘I’m sure he’ll score [the speech] A few days ago there must have been some thinking of their loss.

The Royal Family will celebrate their first Christmas without the Queen next month.  A portrait of the late monarch at Windsor Castle on December 23, 2021

The Royal Family will celebrate their first Christmas without the Queen next month. A portrait of the late monarch at Windsor Castle on December 23, 2021

Portrait of the King, Queen Consort, Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022

Portrait of the King, Queen Consort, Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022

The royals are still expected to spend Christmas at Sandringham Estate (pictured) as usual

The royals are still expected to spend Christmas at Sandringham Estate (pictured) as usual

The royals are still expected to attend a service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham before returning home for a Christmas meal.

Earlier this month, King Charles was reported to have invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to the family’s Christmas celebrations, despite them leaving their royal duties nearly three years ago. But a source close to the king said, “It is unlikely that they will attend.”

This will be the first time that Charles has hosted the annual family gathering and Christmas holiday at the private estate in Norfolk.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will be there, staying at nearby Anmer Hall, the home the Queen has bestowed upon them. Other family members are expected to join the king and queen consort on their walk to church on Christmas morning.

The Royal Family has made Sandringham their base for Christmas and New Years since 1988.

King Charles has been said to have invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but it is unlikely that they will attend, according to a royal source.  The King is pictured with the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they arrive at St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day 2018

King Charles has been said to have invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but it is unlikely that they will attend, according to a royal source. The King is pictured with the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they arrive at St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day 2018

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