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300 thousand pieces of Christmas at Legoland

At 8m tall and made of more than 300,000 bricks, it is not the sort of Christmas tree Santa Claus is likely to miss.

Model maker Katrina James took great care as she leaned out from a cherry-picker and gently slotted into place the bright yellow star that adorns the top of the tree at Legoland in Windsor this week.

The enormous Lego tree took six modelling experts four weeks to construct.

The pine tree was built in sections that were then manoeuvred into place, and the tree has been festooned with hundreds of twinkling lights.

The star itself took Ms James six days to create, requiring meticulous design to ensure it was precise and had perfect proportions.

Despite looking rather delicate, the tree has been built to withstand the elements.

The Lego model makers are amazing at making sure everything is weather-proof.

They have special glue and other things to make it weather-proof. The tree will have an internal structure, an architecture of metal, so it is not just classic Lego but is built around a frame.

– Legoland spokesperson

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Royal lego birthday party for Prince George

Lego are hosting a birthday party with a difference for the youngest member of the royal family, Prince George.

Royal guests included Prince George himself – newly created to mark his birthday as a toddler made from 15 individual lego bricks – his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and both sets of grandparents – the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, and Michael and Carole Middleton.

His great-grandparents were also there, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as his uncle Prince Harry and Aunt Pippa Middleton.

A staggeringly accurate miniature LEGO recreation of Buckingham Palace, featuring traditional decorations including bunting and balloons Credit: PA Wire

We have a lot of fun with our tiny LEGO Royals – we recently gave our Royal ladies a Royal Ascot makeover with bespoke hats designed exclusively for us by the Queen’s Milliner, and our announcement of Prince George's birth last year was a real crowd pleaser. We hope people will be just as delighted with our special LEGOLAND birthday party."

– Sue Kemp, Divisional Director of the LEGOLAND Windsor Resort
A lego version of Prince George as part of the young prince's first birthday party. Credit: PA Wire

Royal hat-maker gives Royal Lego models a new look!

Seven of the Royal Family's figurines at Legoland have had a mini makeover in time for the Royal Ascot.

Royal hat-maker Rachel Trevor-Morgan has made intricate and specially designed hats and has described it as her "most unusual commission yet".

As well as designing the tiny hats for lego models of the Queen, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge, she also made ones for the Duchess' mother, Carole Middleton, Princess Eugenie and Beatrice as well as Zara Tindall.

The models and their hats will be on show at Legoland in Windsor until Royal Ascot finishes on June 21st.

Lego models prepare for Royal Ascot

Royal family models wearing hats at Legoland in Windsor Credit: Freerange Communications

The Queen's hat maker has designed miniature headwear for the royal family models at Legoland in Windsor to celebrate Royal Ascot.

Rachel Trevor-Morgan's designs will be on display from today until the end of the equestrian festival on the 21st June.

Her Majesty The Queen will wear a characteristically classic and colourful straw hat in bright yellow with hand painted silk flowers measuring just a few millimetres.

The Queen's yellow straw hat has hand painted silk flowers Credit: Freerange Communication

The Duchess of Cornwall's dove grey side sweeping picture hat is decorated with minute feathers swirling to form an elegant circular design, whilst the Duchess of Cambridge wears an understated yet stunning Royal Blue straw slice hat with two miniature quill feathers.

Lego models (from left to right) of the Duchess of Cornwall, the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge Credit: Freerange Communications

Hedgehogs settle in to their new home in Windsor

A home fit for a hedgehog Credit: Legoland

A wildlife garden with a difference has opened in Windsor today, made from hundreds of LEGO bricks. The unique habitat is being built to mark the first anniversary of the RSPB's Giving Nature a Home campaign and includes a bird bath, frog house and a 'hogitat' - that's a home for hedgehogs!

Settling in to a hedgehog home Credit: Legoland
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