Sauceboats shaped like sleighs and a giant conifer suspended from the ceiling… Get set for a Victorian Christmas at Windsor castle

Sauceboats shaped like sleighs and a giant conifer suspended from the ceiling… Get set for a Victorian Christmas at Windsor castle

The finishing touches are made to the table in Windsor Castle

The finishing touches are made to the table in Windsor Castle”s state dining room, which has be laid for a Victorian Christmas feast

David Oakley, curator of the Christmas display for the Royal Collection, puts the finishing touches to a Christmas tree which is suspended from the ceiling

David Oakley, curator of the Christmas display for the Royal Collection, puts the finishing touches to a Christmas tree which is suspended from the ceiling

The Queen The Queen

German-born Albert chose to suspend his trees from the ceiling (left) and this tradition has been recreated for the current exhibition (right)

Windsor Castle The dining table features a lavish porcelain dessert service by Minton of Staffordshire, which Queen Victoria bought at the Great Exhibition of 1851

The table features a magnificent porcelain dessert service by Minton of Staffordshire which was purchased by the Queen at the Great Exhibition in 1851

The Queen William Coden the Younger Queen Victoria

Historical references: Illustrations depicting the Queen Victoria”s Christmas Tree in 1845 (left) and in 1851 (right)

The view from the top of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle, where the Victorian Christmas will open to the public from today (Saturday) until January 28 2012

The view from the top of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle, where the Victorian Christmas will open to the public from today (Saturday) until January 28 2012