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Christmas begins at Buckingham Palace as festive trees are put in place

Christmas has arrived at Buckingham Palace. Credit: PA

Christmas has officially arrived at Buckingham Palace.

Behind-the-scenes footage from inside the Queen’s London residence showed three towering Christmas trees being put in place in the vast Marble Hall near the Grand Entrance.

Hundreds of white lights were added to the trees, which were decorated in "royal style" with Royal Collection Christmas decorations of miniature red velvet and gold crowns and embroidered state coaches.

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The video on the Royal Family’s Twitter account declared: "It’s officially Christmas at Buckingham Palace!"

Staff were shown standing on a huge ladder to reach the top of the central tree, which stood 15ft tall on its white plinth, as they covered it with lights.

A garland, embellished with red velvet bows and large multi-coloured baubles was also installed along the length of the grand staircase.

The trees were grown at Windsor and taken to the palace at the start of December, with workers securing them firmly in place around the trunk on the plinths, with pieces of wood.

The Queen delivers a Christmas Day message at Buckingham Palace. Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The decorations are ready for the royal family to enjoy when they join the Queen for a pre-Christmas lunch ahead of December 25, as is usually the custom before she heads to Sandringham.

The Queen and her family usually wait until the day before Christmas to decorate their tree at Sandringham House in Norfolk, gathering in the White Drawing Room on Christmas Eve to put the finishing touches to a 20ft tree cut from the estate.