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As magnificent (and huge)trees went up on Thursday around Windsor Castle, Her Majesty conducted two virtual engagements.
We would not be able to focus on Zoom calls while this level of Christmas decorating was going on in our home.
But the 95-year-old monarch did just that, chatting virtually with Nigerian ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, who was accompanied by his wife.
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Her Majesty also received Malaysian ambassador Zakri Jaafar — who was accompanied by Mrs Nor Aini Abdul Rahman — virtually from Buckingham Palace.
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It was all while the Queen's elves kept busy in St George's Hall putting up the 6 metre-high tree — usually a Nordmann Fir — which was taken from the nearby Windsor Great Park.
Dressed with approximately 7000 twinkling lights plus ornaments, it's the centrepiece of the festive display and usually takes over 13 hours of work.
A second 4.6 metre tree has been placed in the Crimson Drawing Room, decorated with red baubles and elements to tie into the colour scheme of the room.
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The doors of Windsor Castle will be open to the public to view the decorations until January 3.
This year's display includes a special collection of pantomime costumes worn previously by the Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and her sister Princess Margaret.
The duo used to perform annual pantomimes at Windsor Castle as teenagers, between 1941-44. The costumes will be on display in the Waterloo Chamber, where the pantomime pictures decorate the walls of the room.
From December, there will be evening tours of the State Apartments, offering a behind-the-ropes experience. And for just over one week, from December 30 to January 9, there will be tours of the Great Kitchen, which is the oldest working kitchen in the country and is still used for State occasions hosted by Her Majesty.
However, don't expect to bump into the Queen if you head there over the holidays — thein Norfolk.
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