Entitled "Christmas tree at Windsor Castle" engraving of the royal family around Christmas tree, depicted in an oval with border showing winter scenes and the fruits and animals of a bountiful harvest. A Christmas tree is a decorated tree, usually an evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine, or fir associated with the celebration of Christmas. The tree was traditionally decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, it began to be illuminated by candles which were ultimately replaced by Christmas lights after the advent of electrification. Victoria (May 24, 1819 - January 22, 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from June 20, 1837 until her death. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840. Their nine children married into royal and noble families across the continent, tying them together and earning her the nickname "the grandmother of Europe". Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert made Windsor Castle their principal royal residence. Engraving by J.L. Williams appeared in The Illustrated London news, Christmas supplement, 1848.
October 22nd, 2014
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