Buckingham Palace has shared a few Instagrams from inside the Queen’s official London residence, and it’s really putting yours truly in the holiday spirit. Well done, ma’am and courtiers.
It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – at Buckingham Palace! #behindthescenes A photo posted by The British Monarchy (@the_british_monarchy) on
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An alternative view of the Christmas tree outside Buckingham Palace #behindthescenes A photo posted by The British Monarchy (@the_british_monarchy) on
Deck the halls with Boughs of Holly #BuckinghamPalace A photo posted by The British Monarchy (@the_british_monarchy) on
The Queen will record her annual Christmas broadcast this week, as my friend, Martin has confirmed via Twitter (see below). The tradition dates back to Her Majesty’s grandfather, King George V, who first recorded a message in 1932.
The countdown to #Christmas has begun at #BuckinghamPalace A photo posted by The British Monarchy (@the_british_monarchy) on
The Queen is set to record her annual Christmas Message in the next week. Her 61st. Produced by BBC again this year. — Martin (@CourtierUK) December 4, 2014
In keeping with tradition, the Queen will host an annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace for extended members of her family, before taking a train to her Sandringham Estate, where she’ll remain through early February.
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The Queen and Prince Philip’s children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a few other members of the royal family will join for the holiday.
According to royal reporter Katie Nicholl, William and Catherine will host the Middletons at their newly-renovated country home, Anmer Hall, which is on the grounds of Sandringham. Though the Cambridges will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the royal family, they’ll have the opportunity to come back to the house to be with Catherine’s family.
“William and Kate are looking forward to hosting an informal and exciting first Christmas at Anmer Hall with Prince George,” a source told Nicholl.
The Queen, who gifted the home to the couple, will pop by at some point to see the renovations. Her Majesty, the story says, “is looking forward to seeing the house, especially the new nursery that Kate has designed.”