InStyle Magazine
December 17, 2018 10:31 am
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Remember the scene in How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the early ’00s Jim Carrey version, obviously), where Martha May Whovier straight up bulldozes poor Betty LouWho in the town Christmas decorating contest, with help from a fairy light cannon? If your answer is no, please stop what you’re doing and remedy that, but if you have also committed this cinematic masterpiece to memory, you should know that if this happened IRL, Whovier would have actual competition: the royals.

Like everything else they do, the British royal family uses Christmas as an opportunity to be a little extra, and that extends to their contest-worthy Christmas trees. Buckingham Palace looks holiday-ready with the installation of multiple grand trees, complete with crown ornaments (naturally). Earlier this month, Buckingham Palace announced that not one, but three gigantic trees were placed in the Marble Hall.

“The custom of displaying Christmas trees was introduced to Britain in the late 18th by Queen Charlotte, consort of King George III, although it was a yew tree rather than a fir that was used,” the palace announced in a statement. “The Christmas tree was popularised by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the nineteenth century. The Christmas Trees standing today at Buckingham Palace were grown in Windsor.”

Of course, Queen Elizabeth’s Buckingham Palace isn’t the only property getting a festive makeover. Kensington Palace followed suit a few days later, with a whopping 30-foot Christmas tree raising high on the lawn.

It’s enough to make even the Grinch smile, don’t you think?

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