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How the Royal Family Decorates Buckingham Palace for Christmas

Custom dictates three trees instead of one.
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It's officially the holiday season at Buckingham Palace: the Christmas trees have arrived and assumed their annual places in the Marble Hall.

The royal family's official Instagram account uploaded a video to its feed to announce that the holiday decorations are now up for the 2018 season. Three trees have been placed in the Marble Hall at Buckingham Palace, and garland has been fixed along the grand staircase, a custom that "was introduced to Britain in the 18th century by Queen Charlotte, consort of King George II, although it was a yew tree rather than a fir that was used."

Another fun fact that was revealed in the festive video: the Christmas tree was popularized by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the nineteenth century.

And while the royal family doesn't decorate the trees at Buckingham themselves, the youngest members of the Windsor clan (a.k.a. Prince George, Prince Charlotte, and Prince Louis) won't be missing out on the opportunity to bedazzle a fresh fir with ornaments and tinsel. In an interview with The Telegraph, their maternal grandmother Carole Middleton revealed that she loves Christmas trees and has multiple in her home during holidays, including one that the grandchildren can decorate themselves.

Prince William and Kate Middleton celebrate Christmas with her family every other year, alternating between that the annual royal celebrations in Sandringham. As the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were present at Sandringham in 2017, it is expected that they will be spending the 2018 holiday with the Middleton family.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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