Queen Elizabeth II news: Why does Queen take her Christmas decorations down in FEBRUARY?
QUEEN Elizabeth doesn’t follow the traditional Christmas rule of trees being put away by the twelfth night on January 5. Here is why the Queen takes her Christmas decorations down in February.
Every year, the Queen invites the Royal Family to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk for a festive huge feast. But after the rest of the family goes home stuffed with turkey and iced cake, the Queen and Prince Philip remain at Sandringham until early February the following year. This is in memory of Her Majesty’s late dad George VI, who died at the estate on February 6, 1952.
The Queen marks the anniversary in private with Prince Philip before they return to Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
Clearly not a superstitious person, the Queen reportedly keeps most of the Christmas decorations up until she leaves.
However, the decorations are said to toned down compared to her other residencies.
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle have 20ft Christmas trees and huge fairy lights, although they are taken down in January.
Despite it seeming the Queen also has a six-week Christmas holiday every year too, this is actually untrue.
Almost every day of the year, the monarch receives a red box from the Government, which contains cabinet documents, telegrams and policy papers that need to be either read or signed.
The only two days that the Queen doesn’t received the box is on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.
Once she returns back to London with Prince Philip, she gets a five month break from thinking about Christmas, before she starts signing her 800 Christmas cards a year in the summer.
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The Queen gives a gift to everyone in the royal household, despite having more than 500 members of staff.
She even asks them what they want for a present as early as March, with junior staff having an allowance of £25, which increases to a maximum of £35 every year.
Princes William and Harry also to play a Christmas Eve football match with workers from the Sandringham Estate.
The Royal Family then sit down at exactly 6pm in the red drawing room at Sandringham on Christmas Eve to open their presents.
Prince Philip also gives orders when presents can be opened and enforces a rule that they should be cheap “joke gifts”.
Some of the funny gifts over the years are rmoured to have included a ‘Ain’t life a b****’ bath hat given to the Queen by Harry, a grow-your-own-girlfriend kit given to Harry by Kate, and a white leather toilet seat given by Princess Anne to Prince Charles.
Christmas dinner is served from 1.15pm with a starter of salad with shrimp or lobster.
This is followed by roasted turkey with timings such as parsnips, Brussels sprouts and carrots, then Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.
The senior chef goes into the dining room, which is only allowed at Christmas, and carves the rib roast of turkey.
The Queen then gives him with a glass of whiskey and everyone toasts him before they dig in.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK