The Queen leaves her Christmas decorations up for months for this heartbreaking reason

The Queen doesn't take her decorations down until February

The Queen
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The Queen will leave her Christmas decorations up until February, despite it traditionally being bad luck to leave them up past 5th January.

  • The monarch usually spends Christmas in her Sandringham Estate and stays there until February. 
  • This year may be different due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but her Christmas decorations will still likely stay up until February as is tradition for the Queen.
  • In other royal news, Kate Middleton jokes she needs 'expert help' to deal with her children's tantrums.

Why does The Queen keep her decorations up until February?

The Queen traditionally marks the anniversary of death of her late father, King George VI, at Sandringham House, where he passed away on February 6, 1952.

He died in his sleep aged just 56, when the Queen, who was then Princess Elizabeth, was 25.

Every year, she stays there until it is time to return to Buckingham Palace, several days after her father’s death anniversary.

Next February, the monarch will mark a special milestone with an unusual request to the public.

Britons will be urged to plant trees to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 70th anniversary on the throne.

Queen Elizabeth rose to the throne on 6 February 1952, but her Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II will be celebrated in June 2022.

To mark the special occasion the Government is planning a four-day celebration with a public holiday.

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