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Sombre Reason Queen Elizabeth Keeps Xmas Tree Up Until Feb

Christmas has come and gone, we've rung the new year in. And as we approach the middle of January it almost seems like a distant memory. 

(Well, aside from our depleted bank accounts!)

But at Sandringham Estate, where the queen resides this time of year, it seems the holiday vibe lives on. 

Unfortunately, it's not for the pleasantries of a never ending line of guests, or so she can enjoy an extra glass of wine and second serving of pork crackling with her meal. 

But rather Queen Elizabeth II and the family like to remain at Sandringham Estate surrounded by tinsel and lights and trees until February 6th.

Why? 

The Queen always likes to remain at the property until after the anniversary of her father, King George VI's death.

For she was very close with her 'papa' and the time brings with it times of fond memories and mourning. 

The then King passed away in 1952 of lung cancer, when the heir apparent was just 25 years old. 

The Queen married Prince Philip just four years earlier, and on that occasion her father shared a sentimental letter to his daughter about his feeling of loss at the occasion. 

"I was so proud and thrilled at having you so close to me on our long walk in Westminster Abbey," King George then wrote in correspondence which has since been made public. 

"But when I handed your hand to the Archbishop, I felt I had lost something very precious.

"You were so calm and composed during the service and said your words with such conviction that I knew everything was alright.

"I have watched you grow up all these years with pride under the skilful direction of Mummy, who, as you know, is the most marvellous person in the world in my eyes, and I can, I know, always count on you and now Philip to help us in our work.

"Your leaving us has left a great blank in our lives. But do remember that your old home is still yours and do come back to it as much and as often as possible.

"I can see that you are sublimely happy with Philip which is right but don't forget us, is the wish of your ever loving and devoted... Papa."

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