Mike Tindall reveals his family's untraditional Christmas decor that might be inspired by the Queen

Mike Tindall revealed his family's surprisingly untraditional Christmas decorations that are actually popular with the Queen too!

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend day 4 'Gold Cup Day' of the Cheltenham Festival 2020 at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 13, 2020 in Cheltenham, England.
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Mike Tindall revealed his family's choice of a surprisingly untraditional Christmas decoration, that's actually popular with the Queen too. 


Mike Tindall spoke about his family's festive decorations and it turns out that one of the less traditional elements actually features in Sandringham House each year!

Believe it or not the Tindall clan have a fake Christmas tree, as well as a real one, in the family home that they share with Princess Anne, Gatcombe Park.

The reason behind their choice is totally relatable—those annoying pine needles!

Mike was appearing on his podcast The Good, The Scaz & The Rugby this week and spilled all the beans about their Christmas trees to his cohosts Elma Smit and Emily Scarratt.

He said, "We have a couple, but we've got a fakey as well. I think fakeys are just easy and they're so good, they look so real and they fall perfectly and you don't have to clean pine needles up, but we do have a real one."

Seemingly, however, he's not the only member of the firm who likes to take a punt on the best artificial Christmas trees! Previously, former royal chef Darren McGrady told Good Housekeeping (opens in new tab) all about it.

Darren said, "The Queen is not lavish, so the décor is minimal. The royal family has a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room, which is about 30 years old."

Although the Queen's first Christmas as a widow is being affected by unfortunate circumstances this year, here's hoping she's able to celebrate with some of her favorite traditions—and that silver fakey!

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