Visit Queen’s Scottish home this Christmas for twinkling lights and 15-foot-high tree

The Queen has revealed the festive makeover given to her official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, and the results are stunning.

When it comes to Christmas, the royals are known for their traditional decorations and glitzy lights and this year is no different.

Taking to the official Royal Family Twitter account, fans were given a glimpse of the transformation, with all eyes on a 15 feet tall Christmas tree in the Great Gallery.

With red and golden baubles tied together by a string of warm fairy lights, the extravagant tree sits beside a painting of Charles II, and is giving us major festive inspiration.

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Leading to the state apartments, The Great Stair has also been given the Christmas treatment, being adorned with velvet garlands, green seasonal foliage, white winter berries and twinkling golden lights.

Another equally impressive tree can be found in the Throne Room.

Decorated by the Royal Collection Trust, the Royal Dining Room has been laid with seasonal flowers, wreaths and candied sugar fruits.

But rather than simply lusting over the Christmas facelift on a screen, the palace is open to the public until 6 January.

With close associations to Scotland’s most well-known figures, visitors can take in the most wonderful time of the year in style while learning about the history of Holyroodhouse.

Tickets for 2021 start at £9.50, with under fives going free. Admission for adults costs £16.50 and families (two adults and up to three children) can get in for £42.50, meaning that they can save up to £15.

In 2022, prices increase slightly, with tickets starting at £10.

As a working palace, The Palace of Holyroodhouse opens at 9.30am and the last admission is a 4.30pm.

Elsewhere, the Queen has been getting in the festive spirit at Windsor Castle, with decorations including a 20ft Christmas tree and glass ornaments filling the extravagant home.

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According to royal tradition, the tree was taken from Windsor Great Park – something which has been standard since the reign of Queen Victoria in the 1800s.

And though we may not all be able to fit at huge tree in our homes, that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the regal feel this Christmas. If you have a couple of thousand pounds to spare, that is.

Scrolling through the Royal Collection Shop, purchasing the decorations fit for a king or queen will cost over £1,000.

From bagpipes to corgis, prices start from £9.95 and creep up to a whopping £95 per item. And if you buy all 73 decorations, you’ll rack up a total bill of £1,283.15.

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