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Christmas is officially on its way, and with the Queen determined for a big family holiday after recovering from her health scare, a royal Christmas is all anyone can talk about.
Yes, from the unusual royal tradition of ‘the family weigh in‘ to the fun exchange of joke presents, a royal Christmas is different to most.
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One particularly unique part of the festivities resurfaced this week, as it emerged that the royal family take their Christmas decorations down a lot later than most.
Most of us take down the decorations before the twelfth night (5th Jan) or Epiphany (6th Jan) as it’s said to be bad luck not to.
However the Queen apparently keeps hers up for a while longer, and the reason behind it is quite heartbreaking.
The Queen keeps her decorations up until the 6th February, to mark the anniversary of the death of her beloved father, King George VI, who passed away at the Sandringham Estate on 6th February 1952.
She is said to reflect on this in private in Sandringham every year, before returning to her official residence, now Windsor Castle.
This will be a particularly different Christmas for The Queen as it will also mark her first without her late husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in April.