Marie Claire is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy.
As we enter 2022, it’s safe to say that Christmas is truly over for another year.
The royal family however as always does things differently, and this month it’s extending the festivities.
A royal Christmas is famously unique, from the unusual royal tradition of ‘the family weigh in‘ to the fun exchange of joke presents. It was a tradition involving Christmas decorations however that resurfaced this week.
Most of us take down the decorations before the twelfth night (5th Jan) or Epiphany (6th Jan) as it’s said to be bad luck not to.
However the Queen apparently keeps hers up for a while longer, and the reason behind it is heartbreaking.
The Queen keeps her decorations up until the 6th February, to mark the anniversary of the death of her beloved father, King George VI, who passed away at the Sandringham Estate on 6th February 1952.
She is said to reflect on this in private in Sandringham every year, before returning to her official residence, now Windsor Castle.
This was a particularly different Christmas for The Queen as it also marked her first without her late husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in April last year.