Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Queen’s Heart: Monarch Refuses to Take Off Christmas Decorations Until February

Her Majesty, 95, spent Christmas at Windsor Castle this year after canceling plans to travel to Sandringham in Norfolk. More than nine million viewers watched her traditional Christmas show, more than any other program. About 7.4 million people tuned in to the BBC, another 1.7 million to ITV.

The monarch recalled a year of personal grief, acknowledging the death of her husband Prince Philip and the ongoing destruction wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.

She spoke fondly of her “beloved Philip” and his “mischievous, questioning flicker.”

She also discussed Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.

In previous years, Her Majesty spent the holiday season at the Sandringham family estate.

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She usually arrived there a few days before Christmas, a few days before hosting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for a grand festive dinner at Buckingham Palace.

Upon arrival in Sandringham, the festive celebrations kicked off on Christmas Eve with the opening of gifts in the Red Lounge at 6:00 pm – in keeping with the family’s German heritage.

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Another tradition followed by Her Majesty is to stay at Sandringham until early February.

She usually stayed at the Norfolk residence to mark the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI.

He died within six weeks, passing away in his sleep from coronary thrombosis on the morning of February 6.

He was only 56 and his daughter was 25.

On that day, almost 70 years ago, Elizabeth and Philip were in Kenya on a royal tour.

They found out about this and immediately returned home.

Her Majesty annually celebrates the anniversary of his death privately before returning to her duties.

Less than a month after the death of George VI, the Queen wrote an emotional letter to Sir Eric Meville, who served as her father’s assistant private secretary, before moving to India to help pre-independence.

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A letter signed by Elizabeth R., her new signature as queen, said: “It still seems incredible that my father is no longer here, and only after a while does a person begin to realize how much he is missing. “

Her Majesty said that she was “grateful” for the fact that he died in his sleep, and said that Philip and Charles, three at the time, and Anna, one, helped her grieve.

She added, “My mother and sister were wonderful because they lost so much – I have my own family that can help me.”

The Queen had a remarkably close relationship with her father, and he once called his oldest daughter his “pride” and his youngest daughter Margaret his “joy.”

It is unclear if the queen will require that Windsor Castle’s Christmas decorations remain until February 6th.

Both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace are traditionally decorated with huge 20-foot Christmas trees and garlands, while Sandringham’s decorations are slightly more understated.

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