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Celebrate the Christmas season at Windsor Castle

Release date: Friday, 28 November 2014

The dining table in the State Dining Room displayed with silver-gilt from the Grand Service

The dining table in the State Dining Room displayed with silver-gilt from the Grand Service ©

Windsor Castle's magnificent State Apartments have been transformed for the festive season with an array of decorations, from seasonal garlands lining the Grand Staircase to bedecked Christmas trees, including a Nordman Fir from the Windsor Great Park standing at six metres tall in St George's Hall.

In the State Dining Room the table is set with glittering silver-gilt, including items from George IV's spectacular Grand Service, today used by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets.  The display also features a silver-gilt centrepiece designed by Prince Albert.  Measuring nearly 80cm in height, it is decorated with sculptures of four of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's favourite pets – Eos, the Prince's devoted greyhound, the dachshund Waldmann, and the Highland terriers Cairnach and Islay.  Queen Victoria and her family spent many Christmases at Windsor Castle.


(Courtesy of ITV Meridian)

Families visiting on Saturday 6, Saturday 13 and Saturday 20 December can join a professional storyteller by the fireside in St George’s Hall. Find out more here.

On selected dates in December, visitors can join an Exclusive Evening Tour and experience the festivity of Windsor Castle after daytime visiting hours. Find out more and book tickets here.

If you are in need of Christmas gift inspiration, Windsor Castle has several Royal Collection Trust shops within its precincts.

Windsor Castle is decorated for the festive season until 6 January 2015.

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