We probably wouldn’t have pegged the Queen of England as one of those holiday decor stragglers, but it turns out that Elizabeth II is a February type of gal.
According to Architectural Digest, the Queen and Prince Philip keep their halls decked until February 6th every year. That means they’ve got tinsel and candy canes kicking around until almost Valentine’s Day!
But it turns out that specific date holds a special meaning close to the Queen’s heart: February 6, 1952 is the day her father, King George VI, passed away. The family keeps all the decorations at Sandringham, their bucolic 20,000-acre estate in the Norfolk countryside, up until February 6th every year in his honor.
Despite their royal traditions, it seems Queen Elizabeth isn’t that into lavish holiday decor that costs millions. While Buckingham Palace is certainly known for its gilded Christmas decorations since it’s a a major tourist destination, Sandringham is a bit of a different story since it’s a private residence.
“The Royal Family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30 years old,” former royal chef Darren McCready told Good Housekeeping. On second thought, maybe it’s not that surprising that she skips the giant inflatable Santas on the front lawn…