The Kings first Christmas: Windsor Castles festive revamp as Charles leads celebrations

As King Charles III prepares for his first Christmas as our new monarch without his mother Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle will be undergoing a big festive revamp for the family's celebrations.

With just a month to go until Christmas 2022, the decks have already been assembled at Windsor Castle with the help of royal staff members.

As the 20-foot Christmas trees were put up in St George's Hall and the Crimson Drawing Room, royal staff were pictured making the finishing touchings today.

They have been decorated with festive red and blue baubles as well as sparkling fairy lights.

The royals traditionally spend Christmas and New Year at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, with people seeing them attend church on Christmas Day.

Many will be tuning in to watch Charles give his first Christmas broadcast, which was previously carried out by the Queen after the royal tradition was started by King George V.

Journalist and royal expert Jennie Bond gave an insight into how different Christmas will be this year, with King Charles III "shaking things a few things up" at Sandringham.

Previously, it was well known that the family treated the important day in the same way as the Queen, with everyone "curtsying" and "bowing". The Royals were even said to gather around and watch the monarch's moment on live TV.

But this year will be quite the change, according to Jennie. She said: "It will be full of nostalgia and some good measure of sadness.

"There’s going to be that empty place where the Queen sat. I presume Charles will sit there unless they choose to leave it empty.”

Jennie, 72, continued: "It will have all the usual traditions of a Sandringham gathering. The family will gather but they’ll be lacking their matriarch.

"It’s always a sad time when you have your first Christmas without the main person.

"Like every other family, they will get used to it but it’ll be slightly different.”

Jennie then shared that the King's first speech will be "very interesting" but she doesn't believe he'll do it live, just like his mother before him.

"I’m sure he’ll record it a few days before and it’s bound to have some reflection on their loss," the author adds.

She went on: "Most families by then will be recovering from their large meal and the day’s festive celebrations.

"I suspect it will be less formal. It’ll be a bit less buttoned up."


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