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Windsor Castle Is All Decorated For Christmas And It Looks Like A Fairytale

Madeline Hiltz
Members of the Royal Collection Trust staff put the finishing touches to a Christmas tree in St George's Hall, which is part of the Royal Collection's The Princesses' Pantomimes costume display and Christmas decorations at Windsor Castle. (Photo Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)

The royal family is set to have a holly-jolly Christmas now that Windsor Castle is all decorated for the holiday season. Last week, Historic Royal Palaces decked out the nearly century-old residence for the royal family’s Christmas festivities this year.

St. George's Hall Christmas tree

Christmas tree located in St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle being decorated for the holidays. (Photo Credit: Steve Parsons- PA Images/ Getty Images)

The focal point of the display is a 20-foot (6 meter) Christmas tree located in St. George’s Hall. The tree was taken from Windsor Great Park and is now donned with hundreds of beautiful twinkling lights and ornaments.

Another new feature unique to this year’s decorations is a display of costumes worn by Queen Elizabeth II and her sister, Princess Margaret when they performed their Christmas-time plays during the Second World War. The costumes will be on display at Windsor Castle from November 25 to January 31, 2022, for the public to see.

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret during a Christmas performance

Queen Elizabeth II (right) as Prince Charming and Princess Margaret (left) as Cinderella during a royal pantomime at Windsor Castle, December 21, 1941. (Photo Credit: Lisa Sheridan/ Stringer/ Getty Images)

During the Second World War, Queen Elizabeth (who was then Princess Elizabeth) and Princess Margaret spent much of their time at Windsor Castle to ensure they were safely away from the bombing in London. These Christmas plays were performed at Windsor Castle between 1941 and 1944, and all money raised from the admission charge went to the Wool Fund.

The royal sisters’ first production was Cinderella, followed by Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and finally Old Mother Red Riding Boots. Costumes from all four productions are on display in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle.

Royal costumes on display

Royal collection trust creator Caroline de Guitaunt puts the finishing touches on the Princesses’ Pantomimes costume display at Windsor Castle. (Photo Credit: Steve Parsons-PA Images/ Getty Images)

The Crimson Drawing Room also features a stunning Christmas tree. Other highlights included in the holiday season are storytelling sessions, arts-an-crafts activities on the weekend, and exclusive evening tours around the Castle.

Royal Christmas Tree

(Photo Credit: Steve Parsons- PA Images/ Getty Images)

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These tours allow visitors to experience an up-close look at the State Apartments and the Great Kitchen – which has been in use for more than 750 years, making it the oldest working kitchen in all of England! The Great Kitchen is typically closed to the public.