In Pictures: Royal staff deck Windsor Castle hall with 20ft Christmas tree

Tourists exploring the historic Berkshire royal residence will be able to see it transformed for the festive season.

In Pictures: Royal staff deck Windsor Castle hall with 20ft Christmas tree

Staff at Windsor Castle have made their finishing touches to Christmas decorations before the doors opened to visitors.

Christmas at Windsor Castle
Staff at the Royal Collection Trust make finishing touches to a 20ft Nordmann fir Christmas tree in St George’s Hall (Andrew Matthews/PA)

One highlight is a 20ft Nordmann fir tree in St George’s Hall, grown nearby in Windsor Great Park and dressed with hundreds of iridescent ornaments.

A tree is also on display in the Crimson Drawing Room, one of the most ornate rooms in the castle and part of the Semi-State Rooms.

Christmas at Windsor Castle
The Crimson Drawing Room (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Christmas at Windsor Castle
The Waterloo Chamber (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Originally created as private apartments for George IV and used by members of the royal family for official entertaining, the Semi-State Rooms opened to visitors for the winter months on Thursday.

Christmas at Windsor Castle
Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor Castle has been the home of 40 monarchs (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The Queen spent her last Christmas at Windsor, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world.

Founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, it has been the home of 40 monarchs.

Christmas at Windsor Castle
A room often used by the late Queen for private events, the Crimson Drawing Room has views of the Berkshire countryside. It was devastated by a fire in 1992 before being refurbished (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Meanwhile, members of the band of the Household Cavalry and Nijmegen Company Grenadier Guards made their way past a festive Windsor Castle as they took part in the Changing of the Guard.

Changing of the Guard – Windsor Castle
(Andrew Matthews/PA)
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