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The Christmas countdown clock is ticking. With just three weeks until the biggest day of the year, most of us will be putting up our trees this weekend – if we haven’t already.

Some tinsel and fairy lights are exactly what the nation needs. But few of us will be going as 'all out' with our decorations as the royal family.

From 30ft trees to grand staircases decked out in spectacular garlands, the royal residences are simply breathtaking.

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Prince William and Kate

Prince William and Kate Middleton are yet to reveal their Christmas decorations for 2020, but if their usual tree is anything to go by, we're expecting big things.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge typically have a towering 30ft pine installed in front of their home at Kensington Palace in London. That’s almost 10ft higher than the average two-storey house at 20ft!

The tree – covered in lights – acts as a centrepiece for the Kensington royal residence and is lit up throughout the Christmas period. It certainly looks fit for royalty.

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It is located in the palace grounds – once home to Prince William's mum Diana – and marks the official start of the dukes and duchess’ yuletide season.

Typically the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and their three kids, George, Charlotte and Louis, head to Sandringham in Norfolk with the Queen to spend the Christmas holidays.

But the royal family, like so many other families across the UK, are set for a very different festive period this year.

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The Cambridges will be spending Christmas Day with Kate's family in Bucklebury, something they haven't done since 2016.

Writing on the Party Pieces Instagram page – of which she is the founder – Carole penned: " I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree. This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!"

In 2019, a photo was shared of the design in front of the property, showing that they had decorated it with warm string lights, gold baubles, and a gold star at the top.

In 2018, the Duke and Duchess' Christmas tree was so tall that cranes were required for decorating, as well as a team of several members who joined forces to make it look as beautiful as possible.

It remains lit up throughout the Christmas period, and, to date, is the tallest tree of all the royal family members, just topping Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert who once shipped over a 26ft Nordmann Fir tree from Germany to be showcased at Windsor Castle.

The Queen, unusually, keeps her Christmas tree up beyond Twelfth Night on January 5. She's said to keep her decs up until February 6, which marks the anniversary of her father's death. King George VI passed away at Sandringham, where the royals celebrate Christmas, on that date in 1952.

Zara and Mike Tindall

Meanwhile Prince William's cousin Zara Tindall is 'obsessive' and 'very organised' with decorating her family's tree, her husband Mike has revealed.

The rugby ace, 41, lives with the Queen's granddaughter, 39, and their daughters Mia, six, and Lena, two, at their home on Princess Ann's Gatcombe Estate in Gloucestershire.

'Me and the kids get our own tree that we can throw tinsel on,' said Mike on and my wife has the main tree that sits in the house and looks very, very pretty and very organised.'

Meghan and Harry

Prince Harry and Megan Markle, meanwhile, appear to be making new traditions this holiday season after moving into their new home in Montecito, California, just a few months ago.

According to Twitter user @imaJaaaaaames, the couple was seen buying a Christmas tree at an unnamed tree barn and nearly went unnoticed.

"Meghan and Prince Harry came into my work today and we sold them their Christmas Tree," read the tweet.

"We had our lot empty when they got there – their agent promoted them a good time to come instead of us shutting it down.

"There was one family in there and their stoked little son ran through trees up to Harry and asked if he worked here not knowing who that is."

This will be the couple's second Christmas away from the royal family as they also as they also celebrated in Canada last year with Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland, and their son, Archie.

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