The Queen Has A Holiday Tradition Of Leaving The Christmas Decorations Till February, And There Is A Touching Reason For That
November 27, 2018 16:15 By Mambee
For most people, leaving Christmas decorations past the first week of January speaks volumes, mostly of bad luck.
However, Queen Elizabeth II has a slightly different approach to Christmas decorations, and the reason is heartbreaking.
Typically, the royal family spends the holidays away from both Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. They prefer to be tucked away at Sandringham, their Norfolk estate.
Now, in his honor, the décor stay up. In addition, the Queen and Prince Philip stay back till after the late King’s death anniversary, while the rest of the family make it back to London.
This holiday tradition, which has endured for decades, speaks volumes of the bond between father and daughter.
King George died suddenly in his sleep at the age of 56, causing 25-year-old Elizabeth to ascend to the throne.
When she heard the news of his demise, while on a trip to Kenya, she was forced to return home quickly to lay her beloved father to rest. About a month later, on March 3, she wrote a moving letter to her late father’s secretary stating how difficult the period had been for the entire family.
She, however, noted that Prince Philip and their children, only Charles and Anne at the time, were helping her cope.
Like her father, Queen Elizabeth took up her position as the national monarch unexpectedly.
King George IV had taken over the throne after his brother Edward VIII gave it up, following his decision to marry a divorcee.
While to some people Her Majesty has a nice time each year during her 6-week holidays, the fact is that she actually works every day of the year by attending to policy papers and cabinet documents, amongst other official matters, except Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.
As the holidays draw near, we hope that the memory of her father will only add to her enjoyment of the season.