Now that Epiphany has passed, many families have taken down their Christmas trees. However, for decades Queen Elizabeth’s tree has stayed up until February 6 — for a very poignant reason.
Although this year COVID meant that the sovereign spent Christmas at Windsor Castle, surrounded by close family, and next to where her beloved Prince Philip is buried, she normally spends the Christmas season at her private Sandringham house in Norfolk, on the east coast of England. It’s her little hideaway from life at Buckingham palace — although, when we say little, it’s still enormous by most people’s standards, standing on a 22,000-acre estate. It also happens to be one of the few properties actually owned by the Queen herself and not the state.