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The Queen keeps decorations up until February for touching reason after ‘awful’ experience

The Queen likes to stick to tradition and although she hasn’t been able to celebrate the festive period joined by the other members of the Royal Family at Sandringham this year, she will still follow her own Christmas tradition.

Her Majesty doesn’t follow the tradition of taking down Christmas trees before Twelfth Night and likes to keep the decorations up to mark the anniversary of her beloved father, King George VI.

King George VI died on February 6, 1952.

The Queen’s father was at Sandringham House when he died.

For that reason, Her Majesty likes to stay at the Norfolk property before returning to Buckingham Palace in February.


The Queen, then Princess Elizabeth aged 25, was in Kenya on a royal tour when her father died.

In the ITV documentary My Years with the Queen, Lady Pamela Hicks, a close friend to the Queen, shared the moment when Her Majesty found out.

Speaking about Prince Philip being told the news first, Lady Pamela explained: “He was reading a newspaper…

“…and covers his face with the newspaper and says, ‘Oh god, this will be such a shock.’

Pamela continued: “She comes back into the house and I give her a hug thinking her father, who she adored, has just died.

“Then I think, ‘Oh my God, she’s Queen’. So I drop into a deep curtsy and she says, ‘I’m so sorry, this means we’ve all got to go back’.”

Many believe it is bad luck to keep decorations past January 5 or January 6 (Epiphany).

The Queen, however, likes to stick to her very special tradition.


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