If you’re still procrastinating on your holiday decor, allow the extravagant decorations at Buckingham Palace to inspire you. Earlier today, palace officials announced the arrival of the trees, which has become a highly anticipated event, with a behind-the-scenes look on social media. And as in years past, three 15-foot green firs stand tall in Marble Hall, surrounded by twinkling lights and traditional decor.
According to the video released by the palace, the trees were grown in Windsor Great Park and delivered at the start of the month. Once the trees were fixed into place and the branches had settled, traditional white lights were strung. The trees were then decorated in “royal style” with embroidered crown and carriage ornaments, as well as other royal motifs. Along the length of the Grand Staircase, staff members installed giant garland adorned with colorful baubles and velvet bows for a festive feel that enlivens the room.
Christmas trees are the centerpiece of the home for many families during the holiday season, including the royal family, who is responsible for bringing the tradition to the UK. The custom of displaying trees was first introduced in the late 18th century by Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III, and has become more and more spectacular year after year.
Other royal residences, including Windsor Castle and Kensington Palace have been decorated for the holidays as well. Photos released last week show a 23-foot Norman Fir Christmas tree has been put in St George’s Hall at the castle, adorned with 7,000 glistening lights and gorgeous gold decorations. And holiday soirees have started, too. Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, just hosted a Christmas party at Kensington Palace for families and children of deployed personnel from RAF Coningsby and RAF Marham serving in Cyprus.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video below and let the regal Buckingham Palace Christmas decorations inspire you to bring new cheer into your home. Or, if you’re looking for a little more decorative risk, check out the White House’s crimson topiary trees.