Real Simple
Updated Dec 15, 2017 @ 2:56 pm
Credit: John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images

This week, the Christmas trees arrived at Buckingham Palace, and luckily for us, the royal family was kind enough to share an inside look at the gorgeous decorations on their official Twitter account (check them out in the video below). In the Marble Hall stands a stunning 15-foot fir tree from Windsor State Park, a 5,000-acre park that used to be the private hunting grounds for Windsor Castle. And in the Grand Entrance, two regal 10-foot Nordmann firs now stand guard, while garlands bedecked with colorful ball ornaments are draped along the gilt-bronze banisters of the Grand Staircase.

For the British royal family, the Christmas tree holds a special familial importance. As the royal family points out on Twitter, Queen Charlotte was one of the first to bring the Christmas tree to Britain in the eighteenth century. And in the nineteenth century, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are credited with popularizing the Christmas tree (which was a common German tradition) in the United Kingdom. By bringing trees into the royal palace and decorating them with ornaments and candles, the tradition eventually caught on across the country.

So, what does a royal use to decorate the tannenbaum?

Mini crowns, of course! According to the video posted on Twitter, the trees are adorned with lots and lots of crown-shaped ornaments.

Want to get the regal holiday look at home? Stick with a classic green fir tree and white string lights, rather than colorful bulb lights. Festoon your stair banisters with a greenery garland, then decorate it with multi-colored ball ornaments.

Watch the video below for inspiration, then have yourself a very royal holiday!