Thursday, December 24, 2009

Regency Era Christmas Tree

Although Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria usually gets the credit for bringing the Christmas tree to England, it was actually Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, who was responsible for England's first Christmas tree. German born Charlotte set up the first known English tree at Windsor in 1800.

"In the middle of the room stood an immense tub with a yew tree placed in it, from the branches of which hung bunches of sweetmeats, almonds, and raisins in papers, fruits and toys, most tastefully arranged, and the whole illuminated by small wax candles. After the company had walked around and admired the tree, each child obtained a portion of the sweets which it bore together with a toy and then all returned home, quite delighted."

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